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Comment Re:The bubble is strong with this one (Score 1) 311

It's an easy thing to say but how do you accomplish that. With large metropolitan police forces it is possible to set up an extensive training program that all officers have to go through that helps to teach officers to de-escalate situations and avoid these shootings that happen without good reason. That doesn't do a thing to address the small local police forces that exist in many communities across the country that may have no training program at all.

North Korea Restarts Plutonium Production For Nuclear Bombs ( 151

New submitter ReginaldBryan45 quotes a report from Reuters: North Korea has restarted production of plutonium fuel, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, showing that it plans to pursue its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAE) said on Monday that it had seen signs based on satellite imagery that show that the secretive country had re-activated the nuclear fuel production reactor at Yongbyon. The analysis by the IAEA pointed to "resumption of the activities of the five megawatt reactor, the expansion of centrifuge-related facility, [and] reprocessing -- these are some of the examples of the areas [of activity indicated at Yongbyon]." U.S. Intelligence tried to infect the Yongbyon site with a variant of the Stuxnet malware last year but ultimately failed. Experts at the U.S.-Korea Institute at John Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington predicted last year that the country's nuclear arsenal could grow to as many as 100 bombs within five years, from an estimated 10 to 16. Naturally, this news is a cause for concern as North Korea had four (failed) test launches in the last two months.

Submission + - Escape from a black hole? Not in this Universe.

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times ran an article on Stephen Hawking promising there was a possible escape route from a black hole, after all. In the text, Hawking asserts, "They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. If you feel you are trapped in a black hole, don’t give up. There is a way out." But what the actual scientific paper says is very different from that. Not only is there no way to escape from a black hole, the only new information provided is that, perhaps, there's a mechanism that may lead to information about infalling particles becoming permanently encoded on the black hole's surface, and then becoming a part of the outgoing Hawking radiation many ages of the Universe later. Sorry, Stephen Hawking fans; you can't escape from a black hole, at least, not in this Universe.

Submission + - Pre-industrial skies may have been cloudier than we thought (

Layzej writes: Our planet’s pre-industrial climate may have been cloudier than presently thought, shows CERN’s CLOUD experiment in two papers published today in Nature.
CLOUD shows that organic vapours emitted by trees produce lots of aerosol particles in the atmosphere when there’s no sulphuric acid – a main product of burning fossil fuels.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers that the increase in aerosols and clouds since pre-industrial times represents one of the largest sources of uncertainty in climate change. The CLOUD experiment is designed to better understand such processes.
CLOUD has also found that ions from galactic cosmic rays strongly enhance the production rate of pure biogenic particles – by a factor 10-100 compared with particles without ions. This suggests that cosmic rays may have played a more important role in aerosol and cloud formation in pre-industrial times than in today’s polluted atmosphere.

Submission + - Question for /.: How long before AIs replace humans in first line tele support?

An anonymous reader writes: With FoxConn laying off 60k workers on the assembly line it's clear that not even low wage countries are immune to the robotisation of work force. We have also recently seen the Watson engine act as TA on a university course, with the intent to relieve the human TAs from the most common and time consuming inquiries. How long before speech recognition, computer generated speech and AI have matured enough to compete with Indian call centres? First line support? Second?

Submission + - American Schools Teaching Kids to Code All Wrong 1

theodp writes: Over at Quartz, Globaloria CEO Idit Harel argues that American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong. She writes, "The light and fluffy version of computer science — which is proliferating as a superficial response to the increased need for coders in the workplace — is a phenomenon I refer to as 'pop computing.' While calling all policy makers and education leaders to consider 'computer science education for all' is a good thing, the coding culture promoted by and its library of movie-branded coding apps provide quick experiences of drag-and-drop code entertainment. This accessible attraction can be catchy, it may not lead to harder projects that deepen understanding." You mean the "first President to write a line of computer code" may not progressed much beyond moving Disney Princess Elsa forward?

Submission + - Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Terrified Of Citizens With Cameras

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton recently criticized what he calls an ‘epidemic’ of citizens recording arrests amid the backlash over Harlem cop caught punching man who filmed him. "There is a phenomenon in this country that we need to examine," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “This has become very serious. I would almost describe it an epidemic in this country,” Bratton added. As the NYPD continues to investigate a disturbing video of a Harlem cop pointing a gun at a group of onlookers armed only with smartphones and then punching one of the men recording him, the New York top cop's comments verged on the surreal. Since the advent of cellphone cameras, citizens have recorded an unending series of incidents showing police misconduct and brutality, up to and including murder. As the police are so fond of saying, "If you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of?" So what is Police Commissioner Bill Bratton afraid of?

Comment Re:I've been predicted that (Score 1) 415

That assumes that the people being replaced are capable of doing those jobs. What you fail to take into account is there are many people that aren't capable of doing much more than a basic manual labor job. The perfect sort for a robot to do. What happens to those people when there are no jobs available? In addition there's the question of retraining all of the people that were displaced by the robots since it seems few companies are willing to pay for training new employees.

Comment Re:She should ask Google to forget her (Score 1) 246

That doesn't happen now. Youtube changed the policy so that when a complaint is lodged the money goes into a separate bucket and sits there until the complaint is resolved. Once resolved the money goes to whomever wins the complaint so there is no lost revenue.

The only time this doesn't apply is when more than two people/companies are involved. As Jim Sterling found out if you have multiple companies making copyright complaints then no one gets any money as Youtube bows out of the advertising. Guess they don't want to get involved in lawsuits between multiple corporations so they decided if multiple people make a complaint against a video then no one gets any money (not even Youtube.)

Comment Re:Always browse torrent sites with Javascript off (Score 1) 202

That was a common thing back when I last looked at pirated software. Interestingly enough one of those games was Bioshock Infinite. In my case I found the miner due it being poorly written so that it wouldn't run on the ATI 4670 I was using at the time. Once I knew to look for it there was no problem in finding and removing the bitcoin miner and verifying the game worked. Though I never ended up playing the game until after I later picked up a legit copy of the game.

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