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Submission + - The emotional side of the H-1B visa program explained (computerworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The vast majority of people who work in IT did everything right: They invested in their education, studied difficult subjects, kept their skills updated. They own homes, raise families and look to the future. But no job is safe, no future entirely secure — something IT workers know more than most. Given their role, they are most often the change agents, the people who deploy technologies and bring in automation that can turn workplaces upside down. To survive, they count on being smart, self-reliant and one step ahead. Over the years, Computerworld reporter Patrick Thibodeau has interviewed scores of IT workers who trained their visa-holding replacements. Though details each time may differ, they all tell the same basic story. There are many issues around high-skilled immigration, but to grasp the issue fully you need to understand how the H-1B program can affect American workers.

Submission + - AD BLOCK HAS GOTTEN FACEBOOK WORRIED (liftlikes.com)

Liftlikes writes: Ad Block is a really good tool for people wanting to avoid ads altogether. They can limit the number of ads they see on any page or get rid of them altogether. But while this can be a life saver for those people, it has put sites like Forbes, Facebook, Wired and New York Times, whose revenues depend mostly on ads, in jeopardy.

Submission + - Every Major Cable TV Company Lost Subscribers Last Quarter (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The 11 biggest pay-TV providers in the U.S., representing 95 percent of the market, lost 665,000 net video subscribers in Q2 2016, Leichtman Research Group reported today. This is more than double the losses of two years ago. Previously, the companies lost 545,000 subscribers in Q2 2015, 300,000 in Q2 2014, and 350,000 in Q2 2013. This year's Q2 net losses "surpass[ed] the previous quarterly low set in last year's second quarter," said the research group president, Bruce Leichtman. The group's data goes back to 2001. The only major TV service to add subscribers was DirecTV, which gained 342,000 in the quarter to boost its total to 20.5 million. But DirecTV is owned by AT&T, whose U-verse TV service lost 391,000 subscribers, resulting in a net loss for AT&T's pay-TV services. Comcast's net loss of 4,000 customers was its best second quarter result in more than 10 years, partly because of its new $15-per-month "cable streaming service." Charter, the new owner of Time Warner Cable, lost 143,000 subscribers to bring the newly merged company's total down to 17.3 million. Dish lost 281,000 and now has 13.6 million subscribers.

Submission + - Assange implies murdered DNC staffer was WikiLeaks' source (foxnews.com)

Okian Warrior writes: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange implied in an interview that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer was the source of a trove of damaging emails the rogue website posted just days before the party's convention.

Speaking to Dutch television program Nieuswsuur Tuesday after earlier announcing a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Seth Rich's killer, Assange said the July 10 murder of Rich in Northwest Washington was an example of the risk leakers undertake.

Submission + - Car thieves use laptop and malware to steal more than 30 Jeeps (abc13.com)

altnuc writes: Two thieves in Houston steal more than 30 Jeeps by using a laptop and a stolen database. The thieves simply look up the vehicles VIN number in a stolen database, reprogram a generic key fob, start the car, and drive away.

Chrysler has confirmed that more than 100 of their vehicles have been stolen in the Houston area since November.

Chrysler/Jeep owners should always make sure their vehicles are locked!

Submission + - NVIDIA Proposes Class Action Settlement; Offers $30 to GTX-970 Buyers (anandtech.com)

ewhac writes: Shortly after NVIDIA's release of the GTX-970 in 2014, which was advertised as having 4GiB of RAM, gaming enthusiasts measured a precipitous drop in performance when memory consumption rose past 3.5GiB. NVIDIA later admitted that the initially published specs were wrong, and a design limitation left a 512MiB block with far less bandwidth, as well reducing the card's ROP count from 64 to 56. Although NVIDIA's drivers strove to avoid this memory block where possible to minimize its impact, buyers filed a class action lawsuit in 2015 alleging false advertising. On 29 July 2016, NVIDIA proposed a settlement to the suit, offering to pay GTX-970 buyers a USD$30.00 refund, as well as USD$1.3 million in plaintiff's attorney and legal fees. The proposed settlement is awaiting approval from the court.

Submission + - Putin's Cyberattacks May Be to Aid Trump's Presidential Campaign

HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that the release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, many of them embarrassing to Democratic leaders, has intensified discussion of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 presidential campaign. The emails, released by WikiLeaks, exposed the degree to which the Democratic apparatus favored Hillary Clinton over her primary rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and triggered the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the party chairwoman, on the eve of the convention’s first day.

Proving the source of a cyberattack is difficult but all the forensic evidence points toward Russian intelligence agencies as the perpetrators of the theft of the national committee emails, given the close similarities between this attack and previous Russian cyberoperations. It is less clear who gave the emails to WikiLeaks, but the same agencies are the prime suspects. Whether the leaks were ordered by Mr. Putin, or just designed by apparatchiks who thought it might please him, is anyone’s guess. On Sunday morning, the issue erupted, as Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, argued on ABC’s “This Week” that the emails were leaked “by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump” citing “experts” but offering no other evidence. So why would Putin want to support Donald Trump for President? Mook suggests that the Russians might have good reason to support Trump because of Trump's views on NATO: The Republican nominee indicated in an interview with The New York Times that he might not back NATO nations if they came under attack from Russia — unless he was first convinced that the counties had made sufficient contributions to the Atlantic alliance.

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 + - SPAM: 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.

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