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+ - Facebook Can't Cite Evidence to Support Claims of U.S. Tech Worker Shortage

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: Facebook, which has spent millions trying to get massive amnesty legislation that would include huge increases in the number of guest-worker permits that would lower the wages of tech workers, cannot cite any definitive evidence pointing to a shortage of American high-tech workers.

I know..."Breitbart!". Well here it is from a left leaning source... The Atlantic

+ - West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes->

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time.

The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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+ - Fuel and other products from CO2->

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.


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+ - Clean Coal Efforts Starting to Pay Off->

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: Scientists at Ohio State University have announced the discovery of a new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it – "and removes virtually all of the pollution."

The technology, known as Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CCDL) , captures more than 99 percent of coal's carbon dioxide emissions based on laboratory research. The team of scientists led by Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Clean Coal Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, has been working on this and other clean coal technologies for 15 years with funding by the Department of Energy.

This new technology virtually eliminates pollutants and "could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture by more than half if implemented on a commercial scale," according to the OSU research team.

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+ - Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Ges Legit?-> 6

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: From TFA

A growing cadre of scientists now suspect that Pons and Fleischmann’s observations were the result not of fusion but of more plausible physical processes. Some are even cautiously optimistic that those processes could be exploited to generate abundant amounts of clean energy. “There’s enough evidence that says we need to look at this,” says Joseph Zawodny, a physicist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

"...if LENRs could be proved and tamed—a very big if—the effect could be transformative. Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA Langley, wrote in an online article that LENRs could potentially satisfy the world’s energy needs at a quarter the cost of coal. "

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+ - ACLU: Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Surges Under Obama->

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: The ACLU has released documents that show that in the last two years the US Department of Justice has conducted more warrantless electronic surveillance, involving spying on telephones, email and Facebook accounts, than in the preceding decade.

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, commented: "We're seeing a massive increase in requests for what as a technologist I would call metadata, so it's not the what you say, but the who you say it to."

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+ - Innocence of Muslims Film maker Arrested, Jailed.->

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims,has been arrested and jailed in Los Angeles for probation violations. The situation is a win-win for the Obama administration who can now appear to be punishing the man who's film caused millions of Muslims around the world to go apeshit, but at the same time to be simply enforcing the law as all evidence indeed suggests Nakoula violated the terms of his probation.
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+ - A stellar revision of the story of life->

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: Today the Royal Astronomical Society in London publishes (online) Henrik Svensmark’s latest paper entitled “Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth”. After years of effort Svensmark shows how the variable frequency of stellar explosions not far from our planet has ruled over the changing fortunes of living things throughout the past half billion years.

It has profound implications on all manner of flagship theories, including AGW.

The paper is available here.

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+ - Terminator COntact Lenses->

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: From TFA: "Live data that streams directly before your eyes à la The Terminator sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are this close to making it a reality. In a study published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, University of Washington researchers demonstrated the safety of such a device by testing it in the eye of a rabbit. Although the prototype contained only a pixel of information, which appears as a tiny dot of light, scientists say it’s a proof of concept that could lead to superimposed emails and other messages in your line of sight. Talk about hands-free communication."

A whole new market for Pr0n.

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+ - Obama goes full throttle on Outsourcing->

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: In what I can only describe as a major WTF is going on here moment, a federal agency (Agency for International Development) run by a hand-picked Obama appointee (Rajiv Shah) has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia. Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but with today's economy, the last thing we need is the Federal Government helping foreign firms undercut the U.S. IT Labor force.
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+ - Rationing Healthcare 1

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: An Article, Principles for allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions, in The Lancet by Ezekiel Emmanuel MD, Rahm Emmanuel's brother, who is Barack Obama's "Special Advisor for Health Policy" discusses how to ration healthcare (Free registration required) Summary: Because none of the currently used systems satisfy all ethical requirements for just allocation, we propose an alternative: the complete lives system. This system incorporates five principles (table 2): youngest-first, prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value.5 As such, it priorities younger people who have not yet lived a complete life and will be unlikely to do so without aid. Many thinkers have accepted complete lives as the appropriate focus of distributive justice: "individual human lives, rather than individual experiences, [are] the units over which any distributive principle should operate."1, 75, 76 Although there are important differences between these thinkers, they share a core commitment to consider entire lives rather than events or episodes, which is also the defining feature of the complete lives system. Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritizing adolescents and young adults over infants (figure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfillment requires a complete life.77 As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, "It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does";78 this argument is supported by empirical surveys.41, 79 Importantly, the prioritization of adolescents and young adults considers the social and personal investment that people are morally entitled to have received at a particular age, rather than accepting the results of an unjust status quo. Consequently, poor adolescents should be treated the same as wealthy ones, even though they may have received less investment owing to social injustice.

+ - Fuel Tax Could Be Replaced with by-the-mile tax

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: The technology to implement a by-the-mile tax on automobiles is being quietly (albeit not secretly) developed by several universities and states. While this may be old news, what is news is that the Federal National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission has concluded earlier this year that the road tax was the "best path forward" to keep revenues flowing to highway and transportation projects, and could be an important new tool to help manage traffic and relieve congestion.

Read more Here

Short version is that your vehicle's movements would be tracked via GPS and you would be billed for each mile. No need to describe the privacy implications.

+ - What Is TheFuture of BIRT?

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon writes: I have an opportunity to do some significant BIRT report contracting at significant pay. The job lasts for 6 months. However, I have already wasted part of my career learning and using a tool that has only a niche market (4D) and I'm not anxious to do it again. What is the future of BIRT? Will become the Gold Standard of reporting tools? Or will it be just another bit of debris along the roadside in the endless parade of new and improved development tools?

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann