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Submission + - WikiLeaks takes down DNC Chair after damaging release ( 1

SonicSpike writes: Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday.

The Florida congresswoman's resignation — under pressure from top Democrats — comes amid the release of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary contest.

Submission + - How Some ISPs Could Subvert Your Local Network Security (

Lauren Weinstein writes: You can see the problem. If your local net has typically lax security, and you don’t have your own firewall downstream of that ISP modem, the modem Wi-Fi security could be disabled remotely, your local network sucked dry late one night, and security restored by the morning. You might not even have a clue that any of this occurred.

Submission + - The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students (

schwit1 writes: Six years after the release of our first national standards, the Common Core, and the new federal tests that accompanied them, it seems clear that the pursuit of a national curriculum is yet another excuse to avoid making serious efforts to reduce the main causes of low student achievement: poverty and racial segregation.

The people who wrote the Common Core standards sold them as a way to improve achievement and reduce the gaps between rich and poor, and black and white. But the promises haven’t come true. Even in states with strong common standards and tests, racial achievement gaps persist. Last year, average math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress declined for the first time since 1990; reading scores were flat or decreased compared with a decade earlier.

Comment Re: Question (Score 3, Insightful) 499

Even many stoners back their way into the workforce. It starts with constructing ever more entertaining and artistic ways to smoke and eventually ends up in a small informal business doing the same for others. From there it's a slippery slope down to general woodworking and non smoking related decorations.

It's not just Carlin, I've seen it happen.

Comment Re:Users provide equipment for their own survellan (Score 1) 85

Perhaps you didn't realize that most people don't even want speakers to emit sound 24x7 in their electronics.

But if you do want to do both, the basic process isn't THAT amazingly complex. The ambient sound will be the difference between the signal from the preamp and the signal on speaker wire +/- some amplifier noise and gain adjustments.

Op-amps aren't all that exotic.

If you have the digital output available, you can skip all of that and just send the results of an AtoD converter with the speaker wire as an input and sort it all out in post-processing.

Your lack of imagination isn't a failure of understanding on my part.

Submission + - Pending bill would kill a big H-1B loophole (

ErichTheRed writes: This isn't perfect, but it is the first attempt I've seen at removing the "body shop" loophole in the H-1B visa system. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would raise the minimum wage for an H-1B holder from $60K to $100K, and place limits on the body shop companies that employ mostly H-1B holders in a pass-through arrangement. Whether it's enough to stop the direct replacement of workers, or whether it will just accelerate offshoring, remains to be seen. But, I think removing the most blatant and most abused loopholes in the rules is a good start.

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 1) 106

None of the municipal ISPs I am aware of are in any way mandated monopolies. Others are welcome to come in and compete, no guns involved. Many were set up at arm's length, expected to pay back their startup costs. In many cases they happened after the area ISPs already stated flatly that they would NOT service the area. So it's not like they were clamoring to compete. If there was a gun, it was wielded by the invisible hand.

Interestingly, they sued after having refused to service an area, presumably because they wanted fallow ground they could expand into one day at their leisure.

I have lived in places where there was an electric co-op. There was no competition there. I have no idea if it was illegal to compete or if they couldn't beat the price and service provided by the co-op, but either way, they weren't there.

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