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Submission + - Windows 10 brings back the Start menu (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft two days ago disclosed its next operating system.The software will run on a wide range of devices, from phones and tablets to PCs and Xbox games consoles, with applications sold from a single store.

Submission + - Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, not Pipeline (

FrnkMit writes: Challenging a previous story on tech diversity, a writer interviewed 716 women who left the technology field. Her conclusion: corporate culture, and the larger social structure, is the primary cause they shook the sand of the tech industry from their shoes, never looking back. Specific issues include a lack of maternity policies in small companies, low pay which barely covers day care, "jokes" from male coworkers, and always feeling like the "odd duck". In reality, there are probably many intertwined causes: peer pressure at the high-school and college level, female-unfriendly geek culture, low pay, a lack of accommodations for pregnant/nursing mothers, the myth of "having it all", stereotype threat, and repeated assertions that women aren't biologically suited to writing software and therefore there's no problem at all.

Submission + - Obama Delays Decision on Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: The Christian Science Monitor reports that once again, the Obama administration has pushed back a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline possibly delaying the final determination until after the November midterm elections. In announcing the delay, the State Department cited a Nebraska Supreme Court case that could affect the route of the pipeline that may not be decided until next year, as well as additional time needed to review 2.5 million public comments on the project. Both supporters and opponents of the pipeline criticized the delay as a political ploy. Democratic incumbents from oil-rich states have urged President Obama to approve the pipeline but approving the pipeline before the election could staunch the flow of money from liberal donors and fund-raisers who oppose the project. The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell said in a statement that “at a time of high unemployment in the Obama economy, it’s a shame that the administration has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for years.” Activists say its construction could devastate the environment, but several State Department reviews have concluded that the pipeline would be safe and was unlikely to significantly increase the rate of carbon pollution in the atmosphere. Even if the pipeline was canceled, it said, the oil sands crude was likely to be extracted and brought to market by other means, such as rail, and then processed and burned.

Submission + - Beer Price Crisis on the Horizon

Rambo Tribble writes: The aficionados of beer and distilled spirits could be in for a major price-shock, if proposals by the Food and Drug Administration come to pass. Currently, breweries are allowed to sell unprocessed brewing by-products to feed farm animals. Farmers prize the nutritious, low-cost feed. But, new rules proposed by the FDA could force brewers to implement costly processing facilities or dump the by-products as waste. As one brewer put it, "Beer prices would go up for everybody to cover the cost of the equipment and installation.”

Submission + - Windows Defender update crashes Windows .. (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has fixed a snafu with Windows Defender that took down thousands of business PCs and servers running Windows XP and Server 2003 .. The only solution to getting affected machines back up was to uninstall the updated signatures ...

Submission + - Futuristic Highway Will Glow in the Dark for Icy Conditions

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Will Oremus reports that a glow-in-the-dark highway will be installed in the Netherlands that will replace standard road markings with photoluminescent powder that charges in the daylight and glows through the night for up to 10 hours. But the new highway's most interesting feature is when the temperature drops below freezing, the road will automatically light up with snowflake indicators to warn drivers of icy conditions (video). “One day I was sitting in my car in the Netherlands, and I was amazed by these roads we spend millions on but no one seems to care what they look like and how they behave,” says designer Daan Roosegaarde. “I started imagining this Route 66 of the future where technology jumps out of the computer screen and becomes part of us.” The first few hundred meters of glow-in-the-dark, weather-indicating road will be installed in the province of Branbant in mid-2013, followed by priority induction lanes for electric vehicles, interactive lights that switch on as cars pass and wind-powered lights within the next five years. “Research on smart transportation systems and smart roads has existed for over 30 years — call any transportation and infrastructure specialist and you’ll find out yourself,” adds Emina Sendijarevick. “What’s lacking is the implementation of those innovations and making those innovations intuitive and valuable to the end-consumers — drivers.""

Submission + - The Fairy Tale of Atari, meets the Grimm reality of extensive fact checking.. (

atarimuseum writes: "Long ago in a Valley of the Kingdom of Atari was built by his majesty — King Pong, who single handedly invented a spot motion circuit, invented Pong, and just about everything else... or did he? 40 years later, the curtain is being pulled back and the real truth about the all Powerful and Mighty OZ of Silicon Valley seems to have fibbed just a bit more than a little about his early days as a video game industry pioneer..."
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Submission + - Calgary Police Found Guilty of Accessing Employee's Personal Email Account ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: An Adjudicator with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta has determined that the Calgary Police Service was in violation of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act when it accessed the personal email account of an individual.

Submission + - Study Confirms: News Networks Owned By SOPA Suppor (

stanlyb writes: From the article: "Well, well, well. We've noted in the past that while the serious concerns about SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA) have been all over the web and newspapers, they've mostly been mostly been absent from cable news... companies that are owned by the biggest supporters of these bills (the one "exception" was Colbert). But can cable news really continue to ignore the story while so many people are speaking out about it? Looks like the tide may be shifting. On Friday, Fox Business Channel had on Jim Harper from the Cato Institute to explain why these are terrible ideas and how Congress is trying to rush it through despite so many concerns.".

Submission + - Author of SOPA is a copyright violator (

Dr Herbert West writes: US Congressman and poor-toupee-color-chooser Lamar Smith is the guy who authored the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA, as I'm sure you know, is the shady bill that will introduce harsh penalties for companies and individuals caught violating copyright laws online (including making the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a felony). His site uses unattributed images that are restricted under a Creative Commons license.
There's also a website devoted to finding other copyright infringement by the authors of SOPA-- to join in the fun, go here:

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