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Submission + - Is old boys club choking UK broadband? (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "Former colleagues connect everything from the Ofcom boardroom to the Government, to Britain's biggest broadband companies. While Britain struggles with broadband speeds that are slower than those of Hungary, Slovakia and Poland, those at the forefront of the industry pat themselves on the back for a job well done. The question is whether our internet is suffering as a result of the ties that connect the senior players in the British broadband industry. This article exposes the connections are keeping UK broadband down."

Comment Re:Another Anecdote (Score 1) 353

Assuming you were traveling at the posted speed limit and that the clearance interval timing was within the legal limits you shouldn't have to break as hard as you say you must. The downtown loop may have been re-timed within the last 3 years as well. The whole Kansas City area is in the midst of re-timing many of the traffic lights on arterial streets. See Operation Green Light for more information.
Technology

New York City Street Lights To Go LED 303

eldavojohn writes "Wired has a short piece on NYC's new street light project. I don't think we need to belabor the many benefits that LEDs hold over traditional light bulbs, but the finishing touches are being addressed, and they will hopefully be put into place sometime next year. This design won a competition back in 2004, and OVI has been whittling down the prototypes. At $1.175 million, this sounds like a pretty cheap deal considering the DOE forked over $21 million to 13 R&D projects along the same lines."
United States

Submission + - Personality Types Cluster Geographically

Hugh Pickens writes: "Drawing on a database of hundreds of thousands of individual personality surveys, psychologists have mapped the distribution of personality types across the United States and interestingly, America's psychogeography lines up reasonably well with its economic geography. Greater Chicago is a center for extroverts and also a leading center for sales professionals. The Midwest has a prevalence of conscientious types who work well in a structured, rule-driven environment. The South, and particularly the I-75 corridor, where so much Japanese and German car manufacturing is located, is dominated by agreeable and conscientious types who are both dutiful and work well in teams. Regions like Silicon Valley or the high-tech Route 128 corridor around Boston are home to concentrations of open-to-experience types who are drawn to creative endeavor, innovation, and entrepreneurial start-up companies. One potential explanation is that people migrate to places where their psychological needs are easily met or perhaps a process of selective migration drains the agreeable and conscientious regions of the most driven, most creative, and most mobile — only reinforcing their psychogeographic profiles, while magnifying the innovative edge in places where open-to-experience types concentrate."
Education

Submission + - University teaches that P2P systems are illegal (vmk.zhdk.ch) 2

PsyQ writes: The University of Liverpool in one of its IT lectures claims that "P2P (peer to peer) systems that enable web surfers to 'pirate' music have been deemed illegal." A very bold statement, since it isn't true in most of the world. I pointed out the error and was basically told to shut up immediately. They claimed it's simply a fact, although I've provided some proof that it isn't, at least not everywhere, and that a blanket statement like that is wrong. Is it normal that universities get away with teaching such unverified/vague/misleading information? They aren't even willing to discuss.
Security

Submission + - Engineers == terrorist mindset?

whoever57 writes: An article EE Times, notes a study by two Oxford University researchers — Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog" in which they point to overrepresentaion of engineers in Islamist movements, and especially in violent groups. The paper's abstract states: "We find that graduates from subjects such as science, engineering, and medicine are strongly overrepresented among Islamist movements in the Muslim world, though not among the extremist Islamic groups which have emerged in Western countries more recently. We also find that engineers alone are strongly over-represented among graduates in violent groups" The original paper is here

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