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Submission + - SPAM: Libyan Rebels are Complaining about NATO Help

An anonymous reader writes: Libyan rebel leaders are not happy with the support that they have been getting from NATO air strikes. The reason that they are not happy is understandable because they don’t feel that the air strikes are powerful or responsive enough. They are looking at the situation from their position of need. They are not powerful enough or well enough equipped to be a match for the Libyan army. They don’t have the heavy weapons to stop the heavier Libyan forces as they advance. Most times the rebels are forced to retreat before the assault of the heavier Libyan forces.

One major problem that NATO has to deal with are the rules of engagement which it must place on its own operation. The reason for this is that there would be such an outcry if they accidentally kill civilians. Even though Gadhafi is deliberately killing civilians you don’t actually hear much about it. The US and NATO have been under pressure ever since the start of the war on terror. I don’t condone the killing of innocent people by any means whether it be deliberate or accidental but I can’t understand for the life of me why no one ever pubicly condemns the people who do it on purpose.

The rebels also seem to think of NATO as their allies while I don’t believe that is the role that NATO wants to play or the image that it wants to project. Their mission right now is not necessarily to assist the rebels but to create a no fly area. Our military pilots ring customers are not in thick of the fight because the US has turned the operation over to NATO but they have more than paid their dues in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Education

Submission + - Falling Demand for Brains?

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Paul Krugman writes in the NY Times that information technology seems to be reducing, not increasing, the demand for highly educated workers (reg. may be required), because a lot of what highly educated workers do could actually be replaced by sophisticated information processing. One good recent example is how software is replacing the teams of lawyers who used to do document research. “From a legal staffing viewpoint, it means that a lot of people who used to be allocated to conduct document review are no longer able to be billed out,” says Bill Herr, a lawyer at a major chemical company who used to muster auditoriums of lawyers to read documents for weeks on end. “People get bored, people get headaches. Computers don’t.” If true this raises a number of interesting questions. "One is whether emphasizing education — even aside from the fact that the big rise in inequality has taken place among the highly educated — is, in effect, fighting the last war," writes Krugman. "Another is how we [can] have a decent society if and when even highly educated workers can’t command a middle-class income." Remember the Luddites weren’t the poorest of the poor, they were skilled artisans whose skills had suddenly been devalued by new technology."
Apple

Submission + - If iPads are post-pc devices why must I use iTunes (thestartupfoundry.com) 1

g0atbutt writes: As I listened to Steve speak, one phrase kept gnawing at me. Steve said that the iPad was “a post-pc device”. As an iOS developer who makes his living building apps for iPads and iPhones, I disagree. You see iOS has this ball and chain attached to it called “iTunes” that runs on a typical PC. The first time you turn your iPad on you’re greeted with this screen on the right prompting you to plug your iPad into a computer so it can be setup. You can’t even turn your iPad on the first time without being tethered to iTunes.
Science

Submission + - Hari Seldon is starting to look less fictional (physorg.com) 2

jthill writes: "Psychohistory" is the basis for the eentirentire Foundation series. Hari Seldon is a university mathematician, develops models good enough to predict social developments the same way engineers can predict physical ones: given enough individuals, probabilistic aggregate behavior becomes all but completely predictable.

So now some mathematicians at Cornell have developed a probabilistic model that behaves like real social groups. Karate clubs. Republicans and Democrats. From the article:

They plugged in data on international relations prior to World War II and got almost perfect predictions on how the Axis and Allied alliances formed.


The Internet

Submission + - Can Google Predict the Stock Market? (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: A team of scientists has shown a strong correlation between queries submitted to Google and the weekly fluctuations in stock trading. The researchers compared the total weekly volume of Internet search queries available through Google Trends to the activity of stocks the following week. So, for example, if lots of people were searching for computer manufacturer IBM one week, there would be a lot of trading of IBM stock the next week. But the Google Trends data didn't have enough resolution to predict the stock's price, so no one's likely to get rich trawling through it. Still, one expert says that Google may have higher resolution data at its fingertips--it just hasn't released it to the public. Is that how Google made its billions?

Submission + - Free open source alternatives to Adobe CS (robcubbon.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Comparison of Adobe CS software with open source alternatives. Photoshop vs. GIMP, InDesign vs. Scribus and Illustrator vs. Inkscape

For web designers, developers and amateur creative types that work with a lot of graphics and image manipulation, the decision of which software to use is an important one.

Science

Submission + - 12 Videos That Will Help You Love the Future (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: Here are a dozen videos, culled from the bounty of the internet, that give us reasons to love the future. Technology is advancing too quickly for anyone to know what kind of amazing things await us down the road. We could all have gadgets and toys that make James Bond look like a caveman with sticks, or we could be ruled over by a race of intelligent bacteria. No one knows. But that doesn’t stop us from dreaming up some outlandish concepts.

Submission + - Could bad economic times be a boom for *nix?

NobleSavage writes: A lot of prominent economists are saying things are going to get worse. The g20 is calling for austerity measures, which will force deflation on the EU. The possibility looms for sovereign default in several EU Nations (Greece and others).

In the US most states are near bankruptcy or have major budget shortfalls. At the Federal level we are running out of rope. The Fed has pulled just about every trick it it's hat and the stimulus spending seem to have made a small blip with respect to GDP. Now it seems to be sliding. The US Federal government is running out of rope and it's unlikely that Obamba will be able to pass any more stimulus/jobs bills.

In this environment of cost cutting and layoff is it possible that countries and the private sector may take a second look at Linux as a way of saving money?
Space

Submission + - Earth as an extrasolar planet (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have a theory that they can detect whether a planet light years away will be habitable by just looking at how its sun is reflected in its atmosphere. To test the idea, they pretended that they were observing Earth from a distant object--in this case, the moon. And sure enough, they picked up critical components for life in Earth's atmosphere: ozone, oxygen, sodium, and nitrogen.

Submission + - Loss of ice on Mt. Everest is "Devastating" 2

Simmeh writes: The BBC reports on new photos of the Himalayas taken from exactly the same position as ones from 1929 and compares the ice coverage. The Asia Society who did the groundwork are quoted as saying "If the present rate of melting continues, many of these glaciers will be severely diminished by the middle of this century.". I guess the previous claim wasn't too unrealistic.
Earth

Thermosphere Contraction Puzzles Scientists 200

The thermosphere layer of earth's atmosphere begins 80 to 90 kilometers above the surface and extends several hundred kilometers into the sky; it is the home to numerous satellites and the International Space Station. It is known that the thermosphere occasionally cools and contracts, but a recent study of satellite orbital decay (due to light atmospheric drag) found that the contraction during 2008 and 2009 was significantly more severe than expected, leaving researchers at a loss for how to explain it. From Space.com: "This type of collapse is not rare, but its magnitude shocked scientists. 'This is the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years,' said John Emmert of the Naval Research Lab, lead author of a paper announcing the finding in the June 19 issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. 'It's a Space Age record.' The collapse occurred during a period of relative solar inactivity — called a solar minimum from 2008 to 2009. These minimums are known to cool and contract the thermosphere, however, the recent collapse was two to three times greater than low solar activity could explain."

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