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+ - Labor Dept. to destroy H-1B records 3

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Records that are critical to research and take up a microscopic amount of storage are set for deletion

In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, "are temporary records and subject to destruction" after five years, under a new policy. ... There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. ... ... The cost of storage can't be an issue for the government's $80 billion IT budget: A full year's worth of LCA data is less than 1GB.


+ - Authorities Disrupt Utility services And Pose As Repairmen for Illegal search-> 1

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "a federal case in Las Vegas now working its way through the court docket now hinges on the question can federal agents disrupt utility services and masquerade as repair technicians. do federal agents have a right to create a reason and to deceive the occupants to enter and covertly search the premises in hopes of finding evidence that might later justify a search warrant against the occupants?

The defendants in this case are not your everyday homeowners or even Americans. They are, in fact, Chinese gamblers who were staying in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace earlier this year. almost as if a plot from a movie, being unable to obtain a search warrant, the FBI came up with a plan to gain entry to the suit by cutting off the utilities after a second plan was a foiled due to an uncooperative butler."

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+ - Earthquake sensors track urban traffic, too->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Besides the roar of engines and honking of angry drivers, rush-hour traffic also makes underground “noise.” We can’t hear most of these ground vibrations, but seismic sensors can. With a network of 5300 geophones—devices that convert ground movements into voltage—researchers recorded 1 week’s worth of urban vibrations in a 70-km2 area of Long Beach, California. By analyzing the seismic data, they could measure how fast individual trains were moving between stations, count the number of planes landing and taking off at the airport, and calculate the average speed of vehicles on a 10-lane highway. Without GPS or cameras, seismic systems could allay privacy concerns by tracking urban activity in an anonymous way."
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+ - Encryption Keys for Kim Dotcom's data Can't Be Given to FBI, court rules->

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "as many who follow the Dotcom saga knows in 2012, New Zealand police seized encrypted computer drives belonging to Kim Dotcom, copies of which were illegally passed to the FBI. fast-forward to 2014, Dotcom wants access to the seized but encrypted content. A New Zealand judge has now ruled that even if the Megaupload founder supplies the passwords, the encryption keys cannot be forwarded to the FBI."
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+ - Following EU ruling, BBC article excluded from Google searches. 1

Submitted by Albanach
Albanach (527650) writes "In 2007, the BBC's economics editor, Robert Peston, penned an article on the massive loses at Merrill Lynch and the resulting dismissal of their CEO Stan O'Neil. Today, the BBC have been notified that the 2007 article will no longer appear in some Google searches made within the European Union, apparently as a result of someone exercising their new-found 'right to be forgotten'. O'Neil was the only individual named in the 2007 article. While O'Neil has left Merrill Lynch, he has not left the world of business, and now holds a directorship at Alcoa, the world's third largest aluminum producer with $23 billion in revenues in 2013."

+ - More fraud in peer-reviewed science->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The science journal Nature today announced the retraction of two controversial stem cell papers.

The two papers reporting the stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) phenomenon appeared online on 29 January. Questions about the papers arose almost immediately, leading to an investigation by RIKEN, the headquarters of the network of the nationally funded laboratories that is based in Wako near Tokyo. Investigators documented several instances of fabrication and falsification in the papers and concluded that some of these constituted research misconduct on the part of [Haruko] Obokata [the lead author].

Japanese media recently reported that authors had agreed to retract the papers but were discussing the wording of the notice. In the note that appeared today, the authors point to errors previously identified by RIKEN investigations in supplementary documents. They also identify additional errors in both papers, including mix-ups in images, mislabeling, faulty descriptions, and “inexplicable discrepancies in genetic background and transgene insertion sites between the donor mice and the reported” STAP cells. [emphasis mine]

The list of errors now documented sound astonishing. In fact, I can’t see how any serious review by any competent specialist in this field could have missed them all, which suggests that for this research at least the peer-review process is mostly a sham. In fact, in the article Nature admits that its

policy had been “to check a small proportion of accepted papers” for image manipulation. In this case, as the authors explain in the retraction notice, images were duplicated across panels and in several panels, and images were mislabeled—problems more difficult to catch. “We are now reviewing our practices to increase such checking greatly, and we will announce our policies when the review is completed,” the editorial notes.

In other words, they haven’t really been reviewing most papers. When I read this stuff, I immediately think of climate change, and how frequently we have found unreliable the work of many of the scientists in that field. No wonder they fake their data. They know they can get away with it."
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+ - ISPs take legal action against GCHQ

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Seven internet service providers have filed a legal complaint against the UK's intelligence agency GCHQ. ISPs from the US, UK, Netherlands and South Korea have joined forced with campaigners Privacy International to take the agency to task over alleged attacks on network infrastructure. It is the first time that GCHQ has faced such action. The ISPs claim that alleged network attacks, outlined in a series of articles in Der Spiegel and the Intercept, were illegal and "undermine the goodwill the organisations rely on". The allegations that the legal actions are based on include: claims that employees of Belgian telecommunications company Belgacom were targeted by GCHQ and infected with malware to gain access to network infrastructure. GCHQ and the US National Security Agency, where Mr Snowden worked, had a range of network exploitation and intrusion capabilities, including a "man-on-the-side" technique that covertly injects data into existing data streams to create connections that will enable the targeted infection of users. The intelligence agencies used an automated system, codenamed Turbine, that allowed them to scale up network implants
German internet exchange points were targeted, allowing agencies to spy on all internet traffic coming through those nodes."

+ - High court rules dotcom have assts and money returned->

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "The High Court in New Zealand today ruled that the police cannot keep possession of assets seized during the raid on his mansion 2012. this ruling means that barring a potential (most likely inevitable) appeal aside, Dotcom may soon be reunited with millions of dollars, his luxury car collection, multimillion dollar art collection, and other assets."
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Comment: Re:Change (Score 1, Insightful) 742

by the simurgh (#46316827) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
we do not hate you Microsoft because of your anti trust case. we hate because you force us to use an operating system that has more security holes than swiss cheese has holes, you refuse to do anything except push down a patch that doesn't work because your too busy putting out a new operating system every other year. simply put you try to feed us horseshit and we don't like it.

+ - What Happened Before The Big Bang? 1

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "For decades, the Big Bang was synonymous with the beginning of the Universe. This hot dense state — extrapolated all the way back to a singularity — described the earliest stages of the Universe and how we evolved from that point. But a little over three decades ago, it was realized that if cosmological inflation was added on to the Big Bang model, it would produce not only a few otherwise inexplicable observations, it would predict a new set of realities imprinted upon our Universe. Those predictions have matched our observations from satellites like WMAP and Planck, and we're as certain as we can be that this is, indeed, what happened before the Big Bang. If you still think the Big Bang was the very beginning, you're woefully out of date!"

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