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+ - U.S. University Restricts Network Access to Social Media, Political Content 1

Submitted by onproton
onproton (3434437) writes "Northern Illinois University recently began restricting student access to webpages that contain "illegal or unethical" content which, according to University policy, includes resources used for "political activities...and the organization or participation in meetings, rallies and demonstrations." A student raised concerns after attempting to access the Wikipedia page for Westboro Baptist Church, and receiving a filter message informing him that his access of this page would likely violate the University's Acceptable Use Policy, along with a warning that "all violations would be reviewed." This has lead to questions about whether some policies that restrict student access to information are in the best interest of the primary goal of education."

Comment: Re:People should leave. They Don't. (Score 1) 213

by tomhath (#47732779) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model
I doubt most people thought BP blew out the rig intentionally; one can argue that they should have been more careful but I don't think anyone can claim they intended to spill all that oil. Plus it was clear form the beginning that the Deep Water Horizon spill would cost BP several billion dollars; that would seem to send a message.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 396

by tomhath (#47732083) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

I just hope the unthinkable never happens, and somebody who doesn't have a legitimate bank account and job suddenly decides to be a ciminal!

Well, if anyone had RTFA, the perp is quoted as saying this:

Also what can they possibly sue me for? I have no job, no savings and no means of paying any compensation regardless of the outcome.

Comment: Re:Chattanooga (Score 2) 332

by tomhath (#47725383) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike
They're not necessarily against municipal broadband. The headline and summary are very misleading; what he actually said is:

the basic concept is this: city governments are appendages of state government, but state governments most definitely are not appendages of the national government.

Comment: Apparently he read the Constitution (Score 2) 332

by tomhath (#47725339) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

In a speech in front of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Berry endorsed states' rights

Inflammatory headline aside, that's pretty much the way Republicans think the country should be run. Let States govern themselves, Fed should stay out unless the issue crosses state lines.

Comment: pasteurize milk (Score 2) 74

by tomhath (#47719227) Attached to: Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis
One of the main reasons we pasteurize cow's milk is to eliminate tuberculosis

. It shouldn't be a surprise that other animals could be a vector.

The pasteurization of milk didn't come into practice until the late 1800s. Back then, tuberculosis was commonly carried by milk. A low-temperature, long-time (LTLT) process, also known as batch pasteurization, was first developed to kill the tuberculosis pathogen. The incidence of tuberculosis contracted from milk fell dramatically, and in fact it no longer makes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of foodborne illnesses

+ - FarmBot: An Open Source Automated Farming Machine Aims to Create Food For All->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Farming has been stuck in a bit of a rut, when compared to other industries. Businesses across the globe have been innovating for decades, while farming has been using techniques that have been handed down from centuries ago. The FarmBot Foundation is creating a machine, similar to that of a CNC mill and/or 3d printer which is capable of being run by sophisticated software and equipped with any tools you can imagine, including seed injectors, plows, burners, robotic arms (for harvesting), cutters, shredders, tillers, discers, watering nozzles, sensors and more. The goal? To bring food to the world's hungry."
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Comment: A lot of assumptions... (Score 2) 98

As I read the article, the researchers couldn't determine the sex of the contributors to the Kickstarter projects. But they did notice that tech projects started by women had more success getting funding. Their laboratory experiment indicated some women are more likely to support other women. So they conclude that the Kickstarter projects have the same causation.

I kind of wonder about that conclusion though. The type of person who would fund a Kickstarter project comes from a much different population than the (I assume) students they used in their lab. That said, it is a reasonable hypothesis. Obama certainly gets virtually all of the black vote, Hillary gets a lot of her support from women.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg