StillNeedMoreCoffee writes: "Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is drafting legislation that would require the NSF director to certify that research met a number of new criteria. being worked up by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), represents the latest—and bluntest—attack on NSF by congressional Republicans seeking to halt what they believe is frivolous and wasteful research being funded in the social sciences. Last month, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) successfully attached language to a 2013 spending bill that prohibits NSF from funding any political science research for the rest of the fiscal year unless its director certifies that it pertains to economic development or national security. Smith's draft bill, called the "High Quality Research Act," would apply similar language to NSF's entire research portfolio across all the disciplines that it supports."
Politics controlling Scientific grants? Not in the country's or the worlds best interest. Rep Smith should hear from the tech/science community before this goes too far.
StillNeedMoreCoffee writes: "Arizona lawmakers are proposing a law that would start a persons life the first day of of its mother’s last menstrual period, or up to two weeks before the baby was might actually be conceived. This is to shorten the time that legal abortions could be performed (20 weeks after conception). Shades of Minority Report. I would imagine the follow up would be that all woman would have to register the date of their last period to make sure the law was complied with. So much for small government in Arizona"
StillNeedMoreCoffee writes: How many of the jobs lost as a result of the economic downturn are gone for good? The answer for U.S. workers is not pleasant, judging from recent reports released by the departments of Labor and Commerce which show that offshoring is on the rise. Over the past six months, 1200 U.S. companies sent enough work overseas that their employees qualified for financial assistance from a special federal program. Meanwhile, U.S.-based multinationals added more than 700 000 employees at their foreign subsidiaries over the past two years while cutting their domestic payrolls by 500 000 workers.
StillNeedMoreCoffee writes: I work in a financial company and I have a project that I just finished that uses some Open Source software. I find out that some security auditors may come up with a finding that they pose a risk. The packages in questions are log4net and HNhiberate. What or where can I find information that would show stability, security and general acceptance of these or Open Source projects (esp. Apache ones) to the CTO and auditors?