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Comment: Not true (Score 1) 207

Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

Kids' Lack of Creativity Threatens the US Economy

FTFY, Mr. Clinton... What threatens the economy are kids that are not allowed to have the time to think and be creative. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as replacing a school's art and music department... or giving kids time to rest and play from learning, thus allowing them to mentally-chew on what they were just taught. Creative people are in every profession, but to be creative means they were exposed to many different concepts of thinking, rather than just rote presentations of 'STEM' subjects. I think the jury's out regarding how damaging to kids' focus technology is... like tablets and mobile devices.

Earth

Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the wipe-your-nose dept.
New submitter alabamatoy writes: Several news outlets are reporting that a common bacteria may be proving successful in curing "white-nose syndrome" which has been decimating the bat populations across North America. A new treatment using a common bacterium was developed in Missouri by Forest Service scientists Sybill Amelon and Dan Lindner, and Chris Cornelison of Georgia State University. The Nature Conservancy reports: "On May 20, 2015, Scientists and conservationists gathered outside the historic Mark Twain Cave Complex in Hannibal, Missouri, to release back into the wild some of the first bats successfully treated for deadly White-Nose Syndrome." Bats are a key player in the environment, keeping insect populations under control, especially mosquitoes.

Comment: Re:I think (Score 1) 415

by thoughtlover (#49771741) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI
The deal is, if it's ever created, it's going to get out of its cage... I have a feeling that a thoroughly-developed AI would see that causing war would be a net-negative and opt to just silently take over every human's mind, much like the Borg (will) do, however long it will take. Probably through a virus, I'd think.. if it's not already underway.

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 460

by thoughtlover (#49771603) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker
The GOP is crashing in flames and there's nothing they can do about it. Truth is, they need not worry as they never had any real power. Power is being concentrated at the Administrative level as was predicted by top political scientists during the 50s and 60s. Look at the 'fast track' that Congress is trying to give to POTUS regarding the TPP... Why, oh why, would Congress release more of the checks and balances that they originally had... unless it's all a sham. Really. And people still think there's a difference between Dems and GOP.

Comment: Re:How is this tech related? (Score 1) 155

by thoughtlover (#49771563) Attached to: EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US

More like, "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild (yeah, I know it's improperly misattributed to him, but whatever... there's truth to the statement.

Jefferson knew that central banks (even private ones) were a bad idea.

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -Thomas Jefferson

United Kingdom

Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn 253

Posted by samzenpus
from the things-that-are-worth-fighting-for dept.
Mark Wilson writes: Before the UK elections earlier in the month, David Cameron spoke about his desire to clean up the internet. Pulling — as he is wont to do — on parental heartstrings, he suggested that access to porn on computers and mobiles should be blocked by default unless users specifically requested access to it. This opt-in system was mentioned again in the run-up to the election as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid assured peopled that the party "will age restrict online porn". But it's not quite that simple. There is the small problem of Europe. A leaked EU Council document shows that plans are afoot to stop Cameron's plans in its tracks — and with the UK on the verge of trying to debate a better deal for itself within Europe, the Prime Minister is not in a particularly strong position for negotiating on the issue. Cameron has a fight on his hands, it seems, if he wants to deliver on his promise that "we need to protect our children from hardcore pornography". Documents seen by The Sunday Times reveal that the EU could make it illegal for ISPs and mobile companies to automatically block access to obscene material. Rather than implementing a default block on pornography, the Council of the European Union believes that users should opt in to web filtering and be able to opt out again at any time; this is precisely the opposite to the way Cameron would like things to work.

Comment: Not surprising... (Score 1) 164

by thoughtlover (#49771027) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

This shows the same outcome about addiction --where did the person move to after rehabilitation?

"In the 1970s, a sizable number of U.S. servicemen in Vietnam self-identified as heroin addicts. But when they returned stateside, the number of these soldiers who continued their addiction was surprisingly low. Why? Turns out a massive disruption in their environment and routine played a big role in helping them change their behavior."

In essence, those that got rehab in Vietnam weren't craving it when they got home. Those that got rehab in the USA were the ones that had the hardest time breaking the cycle of addiction.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/01/05/371894919/what-heroin-addiction-tells-us-about-changing-bad-habits

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/01/02/144431794/what-vietnam-taught-us-about-breaking-bad-habits

Earth

Galapagos Island Volcano Erupts After 33 Years, Threatening Fragile Ecosystem 186

Posted by samzenpus
from the when-the-volcano-blows dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Wolf volcano in the Galapagos islands has erupted for the first time in more than 30 years, sending lava flowing down its slopes and potentially threatening the world's only colony of pink iguanas. The Galapagos National Park says that currently there is no risk to tourism operations, but the Environment Ministry is notifying tourist operators to take precautions. A tourist boat passing by took an amazing picture of the eruption.
EU

Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment 742

Posted by samzenpus
from the broker-than-broke dept.
jones_supa writes: Greece, the country which has been in extreme financial trouble and high debt for years, cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month, unless it achieves a deal with creditors. 'The four installments for the IMF in June are €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion). This money will not be given and is not there to be given,' Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Greek Mega TV's weekend show. Shut out of bond markets and with bailout aid locked, cash-strapped Athens has been scraping state coffers to meet debt obligations and to pay wages and pensions. With its future as a member of the 19-nation eurozone potentially at stake, a second government minister accused its international lenders of subjecting it to slow and calculated torture.
Security

Hacker Warns Starbucks of Security Flaw, Gets Accused of Fraud 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the biting-the-hand-that-doesn't-steal-from-you dept.
Andy Smith writes: Here's another company that just doesn't get security research. White hat hacker Egor Homakov found a security flaw in Starbucks gift cards which allowed people to steal money from the company. He reported the flaw to Starbucks, but rather than thank him, the company accused him of fraud and said he had been acting maliciously.
Chrome

Chrome For Android Is Now Almost Entirely Open Source 51

Posted by Soulskill
from the strong-work dept.
jones_supa writes: After lots of work by Chrome for Android team and a huge change, Chrome for Android is now almost entirely open source, a Google engineer announced in Reddit. Over 100,000 lines of code, including Chrome's entire user interface layer, has been made public, allowing anyone with the inclination to do so to look at, modify, and build the browser from source. Licensing restrictions prevent certain media codecs, plugins and Google service features form being included, hence the "almost." This is on par with the open source Chromium browser that is available on the desktop.

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