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Submission + - WikiLeaks takes down DNC Chair after damaging release (cnn.com) 1

SonicSpike writes: Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday.

The Florida congresswoman's resignation — under pressure from top Democrats — comes amid the release of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary contest.

Submission + - Michael Moore predicts that Trump will win (michaelmoore.com)

shanen writes: This is my own dismayed reaction to Michael Moore's lists (one in email (and linked from his website) and a somewhat different list on Alternet http://www.alternet.org/commen...) of reasons why Trump will win:

The email version was stronger, though he used some different points there. Not sure it should be in a top five list, but Mike didn't mention the plausibility threshold: The Donald has finally convinced everyone that it is actually possible for such a person to become president. Not sure when I was dragged across that Rubicon, but even I have to admit that the official nominee of the so-called Republican Party could become president. No matter what.

My worst-feeling agreement is on the enthusiasm factor, though my analysis is based on a breakdown of Trump's supporters into government haters, Hillary haters, bigots, racists, and authoritarians (fascists). Doesn't matter how wrong they are, they are all enthusiastic about their wrongness. There might be some people who have corresponding positive enthusiasm for Hillary, but I haven't met one.

Even if you do feel total enthusiasm for one (or more) of Hillary's policies, can you really be sure she'll do it? Sorry, but you know she's a realist and it all depends on the political realities. Also, even if Trump is saying that he's totally opposed to that policy, he's also said he's in favor of it, and no one knows which side he'll be on tomorrow. Do you hear that giant sucking sound? It's your enthusiasm.

Ultimately it comes down to bad economic models, but there are so many to choose from and all of them stink. For example, the mass media model of eyeballs for ads has driven the free publicity that Trump rides like a lawn tractor, mowing down everyone who has gotten in his way. Alternet is nicer, but it's running on fumes. (I've suggested better alternative economics, but I'm not a salesman and I can't push good ideas the way the Donald can push bad ones.) [Also suggested better economic models for slashdot, but they aren't interested here, either. Perhaps my ideas are so good (or bad) that they just have to be rammed down people's throats? But I'm not such a ram.]

At this point I think that America's best hope is that Trump is a big liar, and since he is, maybe we can have hope after all? No, because the secret truth would have to be that he is really a secret super-patriot and he realized that the so-called Republican Party is just a brand hijack. The secret super patriot would have decided to restore democracy in America by helping the so-called GOP finish its suicide so a rational and principled second party could emerge. I'm not saying that something along those lines won't happen after the Trump fiasco, but it ain't his secret plan. Now I'm just desperately hoping he's conned me, too.

Submission + - Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds? (ucsf.edu)

giorgioarmani writes: It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us – which greatly outnumber our own cells – may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity.In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature that microbes influence human eating behavior and dietary choices to favor consumption of the particular nutrients they grow best on, rather than simply passively living off whatever nutrients we choose to send their way.

Submission + - Can our local supercluster defeat the accelerating Universe's expansion?

StartsWithABang writes: When dark energy was discovered, and the expansion of the Universe was shown to be accelerating, there was concurrently another puzzle that received much less attention: the problem of the Great Attractor. Galaxies appear to move due to both the Hubble expansion and the local gravitational field, but the gravity from the galaxies we saw didn’t account for all the motion. There must have been an additional set of masses, revealed only in the 2010s with the identification of the supercluster Laniakea. All the galaxies in our local neighborhood are headed towards it, but are we moving fast enough to overcome the expansive pull of dark energy? The answer looks to be no.

Submission + - To Ask Or Not To – Why Women are Not Negotiating Enough (womanatwork.in)

WomanAtWork writes: A recent World Economic Forum survey revealed that the average annual income of a woman in India is US$ 1,185, compared to US$ 3,698 for a man employed in India’s corporate sector. Which means, on an average, a woman’s pay for the same job is less than one-third of the average man’s pay in India.
While it’s tempting to do male bashing and blame lack of societal support for the agenda, a closer look reveals that one of the biggest reasons for this disparity lies with women themselves. Yes. Women don’t get what they deserve simply because they don’t ask for it. Read the full article "Why Women are Not Negotiating Enough" here — http://bit.ly/2a3GYoA

Submission + - Why I am moving away from object oriented programming (for server-side web dev)

mfdavid writes: I've been developing softwares since 2005 using object-oriented languages (mainly Java and Ruby) and I really enjoy the concepts behind this paradigm and had lots of fun and joy.

But I'm also a big fan of stateless (RESTful and alikes) web development and I'm never happy with the end software architecture of the softwares I develop (and also all others server-side softwares I had to deal with during my career).

In the end, it's very hard to see real objet-oriented programming. Yes, I use lot's of design patters. All my code obey the MVC and you will find factories, adapters, singleton, etc. Separation of concerns, encapsulation, and all those fancy words.

Is that what object-oriented programming is all about? I don't think so. And I'm pretty sure that's not what Alan Kay was thinking when he came up with this term. I mean, the code is not bad. It's easy do understand and develop, but I can't see all the benefits object-oriented programming could offer, but I'm seeing all it's flaws.

When we are developing a stateless web service, we have no option but store the state of the application somewhere (usually in a database) and retrieve it back on every single request, then do all our business logic and store the new state back. For a more complex business logic, we have in every request the same cycle: retrieve the state, change it, store it and move on (the request ends and all data not persisted will cease to exist).

Compare this to a classical video game. In an usual game development, the whole state of the game is never erased. Your software always keeps track of where the object that represents the player is. Same apply to enemies, etc. The attributes of the game objects are not hard persisted, and that's because it's not necessary to do so. They are not erased on every frame cycle and can happily live for a long time in the memory.

So I believe object-oriented programming is GREAT for this second case, and many others (eg: front-end, mobile apps, etc). But it's very bad for stateless web services. Functional programming, on the other hand, fits PERFECTLY for this job! Immutable variables, very easy to scale, fast, and... allows me to keep using many good practices I was already doing anyway, like using MVC, separation of concerns, encapsulation, etc. To me, fells perfect for stateless web services!

All I wanted to say is: give functional programming a chance. Elixir was my "drug" of choice ;)

Peace.

Submission + - Skinny People With Obesity-related Health Problems (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Claire Walker Johnson of Queens was a medical mystery. No matter how much she ate, she never gained weight. And yet Ms. Johnson, with a long narrow face, had the conditions many obese people develop — Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and, most strikingly, a liver buried in fat. She and a very small group of very thin people like her have given scientists surprising clues to one of the most important questions about obesity: Why do fat people often develop serious and sometimes life-threatening medical conditions? The answer, it turns out, has little to do with the fat itself. It’s about each person’s ability to store it. With that understanding, scientists are now working on drug treatments to protect people from excess unstored fat and spare them from dire medical conditions.

Submission + - Statistics Says Clinton Has 945 Ways to Win the Presidency, Trump 72

HughPickens.com writes: Josh Katz has an interesting statistical analysis of the presidential race at the NYT that concludes that Hillary Clinton has about a 76% chance of winning the presidency, about the same probability that an NBA player will hit a free throw. To forecast each party’s chance of winning the presidency, the model calculates win probabilities for each state using a state’s past election results and national polling. But the most interesting part of the analysis is an interactive tree diagram (at the bottom of the page) that shows the paths to victory for each candidate depending on the results from the most important swing states and what would be required to compensate for a states' loss. Clinton starts out with 186 electoral votes from solidly Democratic states while Trump starts out with 149. What's left are the toss-ups states- states whose electoral votes could potentially be in play.

As it turns out Florida is the big prize. If Clinton wins Florida, Trump's only path to victory involves winning Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire. Although Florida is a state that tilted just slightly to the right of the country in previous elections, Republicans might not be able to keep up with Florida’s demographic shift any longer. Here’s the unsurprising reason: Trump has alienated Hispanic voters, making the last decade of demographic shifts even more potent. According to estimates, Trump is losing among Hispanic voters in Florida by a 30-point margin, up from Romney’s 22-point deficit in similar estimates of 2012. Without Florida, the Republican path to the presidency gets very rocky.

Submission + - Pending bill would kill a big H-1B loophole (computerworld.com)

ErichTheRed writes: This isn't perfect, but it is the first attempt I've seen at removing the "body shop" loophole in the H-1B visa system. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would raise the minimum wage for an H-1B holder from $60K to $100K, and place limits on the body shop companies that employ mostly H-1B holders in a pass-through arrangement. Whether it's enough to stop the direct replacement of workers, or whether it will just accelerate offshoring, remains to be seen. But, I think removing the most blatant and most abused loopholes in the rules is a good start.

Submission + - Pit bull prejudice defies logic! (factoverfallacy.com) 2

Factoverfallacy writes: It is time to clear up the irrational fear and discrimination towards the Pit bull. It is scary how a few myths combined with rampant media coverage can fool the masses. Just because you see the same news story recycled 1000 times, does not mean it happened 1000 times. This article will strictly consist of studies, meta-analysis and expert opinions from leading authorities.

“In 2008, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers completed a study of aggressiveness of 30 breeds of dogs. Pit bulls, the researchers found, were not significantly more aggressive than other breeds toward strangers and their owners”

http://www.politifact.com/geor...

Submission + - Indian Government Vows to Fight H1-B Reform in International Court (thehindubusinessline.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Indian government has vowed to fight curbs on U.S. H1-B and L1 visas at the World Trade Organization.

âoeSince we have already challenged the US decision to impose higher visa fees, it will not be difficult to challenge the new proposal as both basically are targeted against our IT industry,â reads a statement from the New Delhi government.

Since these are supposedly the best and brightest workers in India, these statements beg the question why the government is so eager to send them overseas instead of retaining them.

Submission + - Bronze Age inferno preserved an extraordinary view of life in the United Kingdom (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Reconstructing daily life in the Bronze Age has been difficult in northern Europe. Most houses were poorly preserved, traced out by postholes or barren remains of hearths, and offer up only meager fragments of pottery. A major excavation near Peterborough, U.K., promises to fill in the picture. Archaeologists have dug up 3000-year-old roundhouses that were perched on stilts above a river, perhaps for defense or facilitating trade. The building materials and much of the contents are well-preserved because the five houses were quickly abandoned during a fire and then collapsed into a river. The rich array of artifacts includes textiles, wooden objects, metal tools, and complete sets of pottery. The arrangement of artifacts could indicate how various sections of the houses were used and perhaps new details about diet. The fact that all the buildings burned down, apparently at the same time, and the belongings were left behind, suggests the fires may have been part of an attack.

Submission + - Pokemon GO having unexpected health benefits for users (abc.net.au)

aphelion_rock writes: Users of Pokemon GO are reporting that they are feeling better, many reporting that the game is reversing the effects of mental illness. The simple fact that people who have spent most of their lives sitting in chairs are finally going outside and getting some exercise is having positive effects on their mental health.
"In the times since I've had the app I've been out just walking way more than normally would. It's made me feel really good," says Alex Tullet, a young game designer with anxiety and depression.

Submission + - Clinton: It's 'heartbreaking' when IT workers must train H-1B replacements (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Monday criticized the replacement of U.S. IT workers with foreign labor but stopped short of offering a plan to fix it. In a videotaped interview with Vox, Clinton appears empathetic and sympathetic to IT workers who have trained their foreign replacements as a condition of severance. She mentioned IT layoffs at Disney, specifically. "The many stories of people training their replacements from some foreign country are heartbreaking, and it is obviously a cost-cutting measure to be able to pay people less than what you would pay an American worker," said Clinton in the interview. Keith Barrett, a former IT worker Disney who was among those replaced by contractors, was not happy with Clinton's comments."She starts off as if she understands the problem, but then dismisses it as collateral damage not of significant volume to address, and blends in the problem of illegal immigrant labor, which is mostly working in unskilled labor," said Barrett.

Submission + - Google To Train 2 Million Indian Android Developers

An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced its new Android Fundamentals training program, which aims to train and certify up to two million Android developers in India. The course, soon to be available online and at schools country-wide, is focused on training, testing and certifying Android developers to prepare students for careers using Android technology. Google is currently working to update the skills of its existing trainers to prepare them to teach the Fundamentals course, as well as updating course materials to provide students a solid foundation in Android development.

The new program works with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Skill India’ initiative, launched in 2015 with the intent of training 400 million Indian citizens with new vocational skills by 2022.

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