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Submission + - DHS Announces Program To Illegally Scan American Faces (

schwit1 writes: “DHS’ biometric exit program also stands on shaky legal ground. Congress has repeatedly ordered the collection of biometrics from foreign nationals at the border, but has never clearly authorized the border collection of biometrics from American citizens using face recognition technology.

Without explicit authorization, DHS should not be scanning the faces of Americans as they depart on international flights—but DHS is doing it anyway. DHS also is failing to comply with a federal law requiring it to conduct a rulemaking process to implement the airport face scanning program—a process that DHS has not even started.”

Submission + - CDC banned from using words such as 'Science-based' or 'Evidence-based' (

Ayano writes:

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” — VoxWP

Aside from the more political words, this is especially troubling that rather than disagreeing about the science, that the current administration would rather ban the use of such language .

Comment I've *HAD* several of those... (Score 1) 8

I've had several (reasonably) "low UID" accounts, they're not worth the electrons they're printed with.

One was a ~450K UID that I lost when I (suddenly) lost the (company -- silly me) e-mail account attached to it, the next was a ~840K account (OK, the nick had a special (perl) character in it) that I lost one day (after several YEARS) when Slashdot did a code "update" -- the admins were MOST sympathetic/apologetic/unconcerned... Hence, my current nick -- NoNonAlphaCharsHere -- next time, I'm sure I'll get burned by character count.

Submission + - 32 T reached by a superconducting magnet (

ElGuapo2872 writes: Recently, at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, a new all superconducting magnet reached 32 Tesla in field strength. This is the first magnet of its kind to have a large fraction of the field generated by high temperature superconductors (ReBCO) and smashes the previous record of 24.5 T for a user magnet. The system has been under development for the past 8 years. The challenges associated with 32T are the mechanical design and quench protection among others. The quench protection in particular is difficult because of the stability of the HTS conductor used.

Comment Meh (Score 2, Insightful) 269

The first one, (A New Hope) was enjoyable enough at the time, klunky dialogue and all. But the efforts to turn it into a "franchise" have resulted in a series of mostly mediocre follow-ons, and the constant retconning has just been ridiculous. Like other mediocre franchises like "Highlander", or "Iron Man", Star Wars might be more fondly remembered had it been a one-off, like "The Matrix".

Submission + - Daimler Tore Apart a Rented Tesla to Learn Its Secrets Then Tried to Return It (

schwit1 writes: If you’re a car company trying to build a better car than your competitor, often you’ll want to pick up one of your competitor’s cars to see just how good they are. Maybe you'll just test it, or maybe you'll even disassemble in order to learn their secrets.

It seems like Mercedes’ parent company Daimler didn’t think this strategy all the way through. According to a report published in German magazine Der Spiegel, Daimler picked up a Tesla Model X to put through the paces. Only the Model X in question was rented, not bought, and the car's owners are left paying thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Bavarian couple Manfred van Rinsum and Monika Kindlein often rent out their three Teslas for extra income, using rental company Sixt. When Sixt reached out to them to rent their Model X to an unknown party for seven weeks, the couple didn’t think anything of it.

It was only after they got their car back heavily damaged that the couple started trying to figure out what happened. According to Der Spiegel, the car had been disassembled and screwed back together, as well as being put through several extreme tests, including heat and vibrations.

All together, an appraiser estimated that the Tesla sustained around $20,000 in damages thanks to Daimler. Van Rinsum wrote an invoice to the company for over $100,000, adding in expenses due to lost income while the car was being repaired and a fee for breaking the rental contract, which forbids testing and disassembly.

Submission + - Amazon drivers forced to deliver 200 parcels a day with no time for toilet break (

schwit1 writes: I hopped in a white van to spend a day with one driver and experience first-hand the intolerable pressures they face from “impossible” schedules.

Many routinely exceed the legal maximum shift of 11 hours and finish their days dead on their feet.

Yet they have so little time for food or toilet stops they snatch hurried meals on the run and urinate into plastic bottles they keep in their vans.

Many claim they are employed in a way that means they have no rights to holiday or sickness pay.

And some say they take home as little as £160 for a five-day week amid conditions described by one lawyer as “almost Dickensian”.

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