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+ - Obama Delays Decision on Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that once again, the Obama administration has pushed back a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline possibly delaying the final determination until after the November midterm elections. In announcing the delay, the State Department cited a Nebraska Supreme Court case that could affect the route of the pipeline that may not be decided until next year, as well as additional time needed to review 2.5 million public comments on the project. Both supporters and opponents of the pipeline criticized the delay as a political ploy. Democratic incumbents from oil-rich states have urged President Obama to approve the pipeline but approving the pipeline before the election could staunch the flow of money from liberal donors and fund-raisers who oppose the project. The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell said in a statement that “at a time of high unemployment in the Obama economy, it’s a shame that the administration has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for years.” Activists say its construction could devastate the environment, but several State Department reviews have concluded that the pipeline would be safe and was unlikely to significantly increase the rate of carbon pollution in the atmosphere. Even if the pipeline was canceled, it said, the oil sands crude was likely to be extracted and brought to market by other means, such as rail, and then processed and burned."

+ - Use drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis, and steal it->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "There has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms across Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury, towns on the outskirts of rural Shropshire some seven miles from central Birmingham.

They require hydroponic lights for the marijuana plants to grow – and the huge amounts of excess heat given off make them easily spottable for a would-be criminal in the know.

One such man told the Halesowen News that after finding a property with a cannabis farm he and his crew either burgle or “tax” the victim."

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+ - Big win for Open Government and Transparency in Mississippi->

Submitted by Chris Elkins
Chris Elkins (3620071) writes "Text messages are now officially considered public records. An investigative reporter fought for access to what he believed were public records. He took his fight to the state and won. Mississippi open government and transparency advocates view this unanimous commission opinion as precedent-setting for all government bodies and public officials in the state."
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Comment: Re:Still need Microsoft Office unfortunately (Score 1) 277

by dotancohen (#46781977) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

I get Word and Excel files all the time that cannot be accurately read by OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Particularly .DOCX and .XLSX files.

If you send to me copies of the files with sensitive data removed, I'll file bugs and get the formatting issues fixed in future LibreOffice versions. That really is the only way to progress. My Gmail username is the same as my /. username.

Thanks.

Comment: No, the cat doesn't actually "got my tongue". (Score 1) 7

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#46777953) Attached to: Progress Report On Slashdot Beta

You might get better respect making it a fun new option to try during development rather than picking victims to flip on the switch. Try putting a "Try beta!" link on the classic home page, and a "Go back to classic!" link on every, not just home, beta page. I do not see a beta link on my home page.

Let people feel in control, and they will try it.

Also, as an aside, I like double-checking my posts for mods, so that link to show me my recent posts, with +mod on each, is desired so I can joyously continue working towards my 2^^8 power +5, which should continue to show under awards.

Speaking of which, some awards have no real explanation of what they mean. The Tagger? The Contradictor? The Maker? No, don't tell me here. I don't care, here.

+ - System Administrator vs Change Advisory Board 1

Submitted by thundergeek
thundergeek (808819) writes "I am the sole sysadmin for nearly 50 servers (win/linux) across several contracts. Now a Change Advisory Board (CAB) is wanting to manage every patch that will be installed on the OS and approve/disapprove for testing on the development network. Once tested and verified, all changes will then need to be approved for production.

Windows servers aren't always the best for informing admin exactly what is being "patched" on the OS, and the frequency of updates will make my efficiency take a nose dive. Now I'll have to track each KB, RHSA, directives and any other 3rd party updates, submit a lengthy report outlining each patch being applied, and then sit back and wait for approval.

What should I use/do to track what I will be installing? Is there already a product out there that will make my life a little less stressful on the admin side? Does anyone else have to go toe-to-toe with a CAB? How do you handle your patch approval process?"

+ - The EPA admits it doesn't have the data to justify its environmental regulations-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "In a stunning admission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy revealed to House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) that the agency neither possesses, nor can produce, all of the scientific data used to justify the rules and regulations they have imposed on Americans via the Clean Air Act.

The EPA was subpoenaed by Congress for the data it uses, and they responded to say that what they have doesn’t really provide any proof that their regulations are necessary. But they then add that they are going to continue imposing their regulations anyway."

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