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Comment Re:They could always work elsewhere. (Score 2) 223

Yes, we should thank Amazon for allowing workers to sleep in tents. They may freeze but they won't starve!
Corporations are great and always have the health and well being of their employees as top priority.
A temporary job where you freeze at night is much better than no job at all. We thank Amazon for providing great temporary jobs. This makes Amazon great again.

Comment Post screening check (Score 1) 128

One time I was waiting at a gate for a plane (after having gone through the security checkpoint) and there were TSA agents lurking at the gate. They told me they wanted to do a "secondary security check". I let them go through my stuff (Did I have a choice?).
In retrospect, they were probably not really interested in security. I'm just an average white guy so no racial profiling going on.

Comment Philippines (Score 1) 103

Stop lights in the Philippines have large LED readouts next to them which count down the time to turn.
Red LEDs at a red light count down the time until it turns green. Green LEDs at a green light count down the time until it turns red.
Seems to work well. People behave themselves and don't generally do stupid things.

Comment Re:Chromebook (Score 1) 284

Most Chromebooks are rated in the 9 to 12 hour range.
You'll be good for a solid 8 hours of work.
Install Linux using Crouton and you'll have a full Linux environment running native (ChromeOS built on top of Linux so full Linux uses the same core OS. You can hotkey between ChromeOS and Linux.

Submission + - Chinese Scientist Found Breakthrough Vaccine/Cures for All Viral Infections (scmp.com)

hackingbear writes: Chinese scientists may have found the key to creating effective vaccines for the world’s deadly viruses including bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and HIV. An experiment by a research team at Beijing University was hailed as “revolutionary” in the field in a paper published in the latest issue of Science magazine on Friday. The live virus used in the vaccine used by the researchers had its genetic code tweaked to disable the viral strains’ self-replication mechanism. But it was kept fully infectious to allow the host animal cells to generate immunity. Using live viruses in their fully infectious form was considered taboo, as viruses spread rapidly. Vaccines sold and used widely today generally contain either dead or weakened forms of viruses. The animals infected with virus were cured after receiving the injection, according to the paper. This breakthrough promises to simplify the process of producing vaccines, which may help scientists develop effective vaccines or even cures for various viruses – such bird flu, SARS, Ebola and HIV – within weeks of an outbreak.

Comment Re:Chromebook (Score 1) 284

Get a Chromebook with a good x86 processor and lots of memory.
They are fast and have good battery life.
You can run Linux using Crouton and hot key between Chrome and Linux. It's a full Linux environment running natively so you can install a Windows VM if you need to.

Submission + - ForgeRock Seem to be Distancing Themselves from Open Source (forgerock.org) 1

Guy Paddock writes: As recently reported on Hacker News, ForgeRock — the company who develops OpenAM, OpenDJ, and OpenIDM — has cut off public access to the latest CDDL code for their projects.

Based on revision history, ForgeRock quietly updated "How to Build" pages in Confluence on November 14th, 2016 to point to different, "public" repositories that only have source code from the last major version of each of their products. Then, in the early morning of November 29th, ForgeRock sealed off both source code and pull request access to all of the original repositories. Only the repositories containing the older, major release code are now available for public consumption.

The open source community is now left to speculate what role, if any, they will play in helping to shape the future of ForgeRock products. This may also have repercussions for small-shop deployments who rely on the open source edition for bug fixes and security updates.

To date, the company has made no formal press release or public statement about their plans, but rumblings in user forums have prompted Aaron Kozak, the Digital Marketing Coordinator for ForgeRock, to weight in.

Mr. Kozak responded to users' concerns by stating, "We apologise for any inconvenience our recent changes may have caused. We are preparing for the next major release of the ForgeRock Identity Platform and as part of this process, we are no longer providing public access to our nightly builds and source code for the upcoming platform release. Open source downloads are still available via https://backstage.forgerock.co...."

When asked whether access to the latest code (the "trunk") would be restored after the upcoming releases, Kozak did not speculate, and offered only a statement that, "I’m sure that more details will be made available with the new release in the near future, but unfortunately I do not have any more information at this time."

Submission + - Virginia spent over half a million on cell surveillance that mostly doesn't work (muckrock.com)

v3rgEz writes: In 2014, the Virginia State Police spent $585,265 on a specially modified Suburban outfitted with the latest and greatest in cell phone surveillance: The DRT 1183C, affectionately known as the DRTbox. But according to logs uncovered by public records website MuckRock, the pricey ride was only used 12 times — and only worked 7 of those times. Read the full DRTbox documents at MuckRock.

Submission + - Nuclear Bailout for Excelon Again (bnd.com)

mdsolar writes: A nuclear power plant “bailout” bill appears set to become law after making its way through the Illinois House and Senate on Thursday.
The legislation funnels $235 million a year to power-producing giant Exelon Corp. for 13 years. The money subsidizes unprofitable nuclear plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities that Exelon said would be shuttered over the next 18 months.
Opponents argued that it was wrong to subsidize a company that remains profitable, and that coal-fired power companies haven’t gotten such help. They also argued it will cost consumers.

“Here we go again, picking winners and losers,” said Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon. “The money has to come from somewhere. This is a bailout for a very profitable company.”

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