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Submission + - Trump Appoints Neutrality Opponent Ajit Pai to Lead FCC (nbcnews.com)

bsharma writes: President Donald Trump promoted a critic of net neutrality on Monday to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the agency responsible for enforcing those regulations.

In a statement, Ajit Pai, a telecommunications lawyer whom President Barack Obama appointed to a Republican seat the FCC in 2012, said he was looking forward to working with his colleagues, thew Trump administration and Congress "to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans."

Submission + - Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires and will free up science search engine Meta (techcrunch.com)

tomhath writes: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s $45 billion philanthropy organization is making its first acquisition in order to make it easier for scientists to search, read and tie together more than 26 million science research papers. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is acquiring Meta, an AI-powered research search engine startup, and will make its tool free to all in a few months after enhancing the product.

Meta's AI recognizes authors and citations between papers so it can surface the most important research instead of just what has the best SEO. It also provides free full-text access to 18,000 journals and literature sources.

Submission + - What's killing these galaxies? (earthsky.org)

schwit1 writes: New research published January 17, 2017 by a global team of researchers focused on 11,000 relatively nearby galaxies and asked why their gas — their lifeblood for the formation of new stars — is being violently stripped away on a widespread scale. The answer, according to these scientists, relates to the great halos of dark matter thought to surround galaxies and paints a picture of these galaxies falling through these larger halos, having their star-forming gas removed in a fast-acting process called ram-pressure stripping.

The study – published in the peer-reviewed journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – was based at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Australia. It shows that the phenomenon is more prevalent than previously thought and that it drives gas from galaxies, sending them to an early death by depriving them of the material to make new stars. Toby Brown, a PhD candidate at ICRAR and Swinburne University of Technology, led the study.

Comment Maybe dumb questions but... (Score 0) 166

1) How can we KNOW that DuckDuckGo really doesn't track/collect/sell our data? Many other supposedly responsible companies have made the same claim but it pretty much always turns out to be a lie.

2) Assuming they're not tracking us, How do DuckDuckGo make money or at least pay to keep their service running? They don't even show ads.

Comment Re:Wait who's computer is it again? (Score 1) 171

Just want to add a note here that my parent comment keeps getting modded down as -1 troll, even though its currently at +5). I've also noticed that anything anyone writes that even slightly criticizes Windows, no matter how logical or well-reasoned, also suffers the same.

I can only conclude that a) there's a whole bunch of rabidly hardcore Windows fanbois on here that dont understand what "troll" actually is, and are incorrectly modding on emotion rather than content, and/or b) Microsoft are performing social engineering by actually paying people to mod down any/all posts that have even slight criticism of their products.

Comment Re:Wait who's computer is it again? (Score 1) 171

He's still got $MegaBillions of Microsoft stock (which I'm sure he doens';t wanna see get devauled) but you're right he probably is little more than just the biggest shareholder now. Apparently he still is, even though he's been offloading MS stock for years. He's just doing it slow enough to not damage the market value for it. I guess he knows something we don't.

Comment Re:Wait who's computer is it again? (Score 1) 171

>> As a videogame developer, for starters, Windows is my primary market.

Don't you game developers realise that YOU'RE the ones making a rod for your own back here?

Seriously the way most of you continue to not also make Linux versions of your product leaves me with little sympathy for when y'all whine about windows.

If not for my gaming addiction, I wouldn't even have a Windows partition. I already do everything else under Linux. I've been hoping for for decades (literally) for game developers to finally get a clue so I can totally delete windows off my PC but noooooo....

Comment Re:A Bad Day for 65,844,954 Americans (Score 1) 1545

>> cause you sure aint living in reality.

get a clue.

  Obama Takes Office leaves Office
Natiional Debt $10.6Trillion $20 Trillion
Debt per citizen $31k $61,340
Labor force participation rate 65.8% 62.8%
Home ownership rate 67.3% 63.5%
Real Median Household income $57,744 $54,045
Avg family health plan $12,680 $18,142
Tax to benefits ratio 60%
# of Food stamp dependents 32 Million 43.6 Million
Persons living in Poverty 38 Million 45 Million

Comment Re:Microsoft is leaning itself out (Score 1) 168

>> I expect Microsoft is going to be like IBM dropping its consumer products

We can only hope. The moment that AAA games developers finally end their windows exclusivity and take Linux seriously I'll be formatting my Windows partition, since I only use it for gaming and already do everything else under Linux. Been saying that for decades now though.

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