Tailhook writes: A much needed ISS resupply mission failed today when a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated during launch. A robotic Dragon capsule with more than two and a half tons of supplies, equipment were lost. The failure occurred prior to separation of the first and second stage just after the launch vehicle went supersonic. This is the second consecutive ISS resupply mission failure after the Russian Progress capsule was lost in April.
Tailhook writes: Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to `demand changes in pool reports' and has used this power to `steer coverage in a more favorable direction.' Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to `create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients.'
Tailhook writes: The Argentine government has used drones to reveal 200 homes and 100 pools in an upper class area about ten miles south of Buenos Aires that had not been detailed on tax returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been waned they now face large fines.
Tailhook writes: Ron Hira, professor of public policy at Howard University and Paula Stephan is a professor of economics at Georgia State University; `As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages.' — `there is a remarkable concurrence among a wide range of researchers that there is an ample supply of American workers (native and immigrant, citizen and permanent resident) who are willing and qualified to fill the high-skill jobs in this country. The only real disagreement is whether supply is two or three times larger than the demand.'
Tailhook writes: Linux Mint 17 "Qiana", a long term support edition of Linux Mint, has been released. Mint 17 is available in both MATE and Cinnamon editions. Mint 17 is derived from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and will receive security updates until April, 2019. The Cinnamon edition provides Cinnamon 2.2, with a much improved update manager, driver manager, HiDPI display support and many usability refinements. This release of Mint establishes a baseline on which the next several releases will be based; `Until 2016 the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one; future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.'
Tailhook writes: The Fair Labor Association gave Apple's largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers," said FLA president Auret van Heerden. Overtime laws violated, short-changing worker compensation, no representation. AppleFoxconn thinks they might be able to stop their overtime criminality by July. 2013. Perhaps they'll also do something about the bi-annual dust explosions.
Tailhook writes: Some folks are concerned about a request by the White House 'Director of New Media' Macon Phillips to gather information about 'rumors' or other 'disinformation' that "travel just below the surface" and might appear in "casual conversation." It seems that Macon "can't keep track of all" of the rumors and would like the to public to help uncover them by using a newly established email address; email@example.com. Unfortunately the dastardly Special Interests have begun signing up firstname.lastname@example.org to irrelevant mailing lists.