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+ - Indosat partners with Facebook to deliver free internet in Indonesia->

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An anonymous reader writes "Ooredoo Group’s Indonesian branch Indosat has today announced a partnership with Facebook to launch the social media giant’s initiative in the region, offering free internet services to Indonesians. Forming part of the national program ‘Internet Tanpa Pulsa Untuk Semua’, the Indosat and Facebook alliance will see easy and free internet access offered across Indonesia. will provide basic services to Indonesians including access to essential news coverage, health information, education, and social media. Indosat has said that it is the first internet provider in the area to offer the services, and noted that it had been a significant move in line with Ooredoo’s corporate responsibility model."
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Comment: New York City Water Tunnel (Score 1) 573

by tomhath (#49511183) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

You could divert a lot of water from the Columbia before it dumps into the ocean. The pipeline would have to be much bigger than 4 feet, but very large underground pipelines are feasible.

Once you have the pipeline in place it would make sense to continue growing food in the desert: warm, plenty of sunshine, and almost full control over the inputs.

+ - Siemens' World-Record Electric Aircraft Motor Punches Above its Weight->

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An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Siemens have created a new prototype electric motor specifically designed for aircraft that weighs in at just 50 kg (110 lb) and is claimed to produce about 260 kW (348 hp) at just 2,500 RPM. With a quoted power five times greater than any comparable powerplant, the new motor promises enough grunt to get aircraft with take-off weights of up to 1,800 kg (2 ton) off the ground."
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Comment: Re:Minimum retrial (Score 1) 162

It's not reasonable to make the assumption that the percentages would be similar when the number of cases when hair evidence was used in court is such a small proportion of the overall percentage.

You are mixing two unrelated things:

1) A lack of other compelling evidence might increase the likelihood of using hair evidence. Yes, that's reasonable. There is nothing to support the assumption, but it's reasonable.

2) An assumption that the false positive rate on those cases is different than the false positive rate overall. No, there is no reason to assume the false positive rate is different in those cases.

I understand what you are trying to connect - a hair match might be used when other evidence is weak, and that a hair match when other evidence is weak could mean the chance of a false positive is higher. But again, that's pure speculation on your part; not unreasonable, but there's nothing to support it. All we know from the study is that the false positive rate was about 89%

+ - K-12 CS Education Provider to Largest School Districts Eyes $200M in H-1B Fees

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Endorsed by the White House and bankrolled by tech's wealthiest individuals and their corporations, 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit has inked deals to bring K-12 computer science education to 7 of the largest US school districts. On Thursday, the group followed up on its earlier Congressional testimony, suggesting on Twitter and Tumblr that $200M in visa fees paid by its backers and others for H-1B workers be made available for CS education efforts. "With only 10% of all STEM graduates choosing to major in computer science," exclaimed in a blog post, "it’s no surprise the U.S. needs to bring in so many skilled workers from other countries!" Hey, it's also probably no surprise that many of's backers are also currently pressing for additional H-1B visas through Mark Zuckerberg's PAC and other entities!"

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