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Submission + - Wasserman Schultz won't Speak at Dem Convention After Wikileaks Revelations (cnn.com)

HughPickens.com writes: CNN reports that the head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort "to keep the peace" in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders' faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Comment Re:Considering it was the Bush Crime Family... (Score 2) 128

I don't care who started it or who hired them.

I just want to know why, with the many problems over so many years, it hasn't been completely dismantled. One would think that with so many politicians keen on privatization this would have been done rather quickly and long ago.

Comment Re:Messenger being... (Score 1) 99

You can get Swipe on Android and it restores the FB+Messaging by repacking the webpage version of Facebook into something nice for use on mobile. You might have to fiddle with an option in the settings and the author feels that eventually there will be no more workarounds for FB+Messaging functionality but so far it's a great piece of software if you need to access your messages from a phone.

Comment Re: Nope (Score 2) 162

Most of us do work on our PCs and save the gaming for whenever and whatever. I'd rather put more "grunt" into the parts of my system that enables me to get work done faster or better.
For instance storage, processing power, memory and then GPU are most important in the PCs I use. Sure that translates into some gaming and I do partake but it doesn't always mean I can play the newest games even when I can get my work done with no slowdowns. I don't care much about it, it's easy enough to buy a box that allows me all these great games with standardized experiences. Graphics power in regards to gaming is worth next to nothing for many of us.

Submission + - US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already held more than 100 such briefings, some of which are classified. The report says in the first line that public interest in encryption has surged once it was revealed that terrorists behind the Paris and San Bernardino attacks "used encrypted communications to evade detection."

Submission + - Apple Releases Swift Playgrounds Teacher Guide: "Siri Says Kiss Your Tummy" 1

theodp writes: With the release of a Teacher Guide for its new Swift Playgrounds iPad app, Apple's signaled it's now ready to deliver the coding lessons that CEO Tim Cook wants required in all schools (YouTube) starting at the fourth or fifth grade. "You can use this book in a stand-alone coding class or as part of any introduction to coding program," explains Apple Education in the newly-released Swift Playgrounds Teacher Guide, which it adds "is designed for teachers [with or without coding experience] to use with students in middle school and above." Here's an excerpt from Lesson 9 on coding using parameters: "Activity: SIRI SAYS (35 to 40 minutes) Have the class play a game of Siri Says by asking students to write their own commands using parameters. Ask students to write 5 to 10 commands in the Pages app using parameters. They should change the font color to identify the function and parameter, as they would in code. Be sure that the commands are doable in the context of a Siri Says game. Have students share their document with you via AirDrop or your preferred method. You'll now be Siri, deciding when or when not to say, 'Siri says,' when giving the commands written by your students [e.g., kiss your tummy]. After a few rounds, let a student be Siri. Play until there is a winner." In the accompanying student work example for the activity, Apple explains that "kiss" is a command while "your tummy" is a parameter.

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