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  1. June 1 Deadline for Providing Lobbyist Waiver Documents Looms

    05.29 / 14:40 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    An Anonymous Coward writes:http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35508058/ethics-watchdog-has-no-intention-of-backing-down-against-white-househttp://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/22/trump-team-continues-battle-with-ethics-office/There is a federal law saying that lobbyists need to be granted a waiver to work in the administration. This is overseen by the Office of Government Ethics. Historically, for both Democrat and Republican administrations, the White House has complied with providing these…
  2. The Tentacles of Facebook

    05.29 / 12:44 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    jelizondo writes:A look inside the company and its astonishing reach into our daily lives through a series of studies conducted by Share Labs, first reported by the BBC but without linking directly to the material posted by Share Labs.Share Lab is a research team based in Yugoslavia: "Where indie data punk, meets media theory pop to investigate digital rights blues"For those of us born and raised before Facebook, life has many different aspects: work, family, hobbies. In each context we…
  3. MailTask: an Email Client and Manager

    05.29 / 10:51 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    linuxrocks123 writes:Hello! I fairly recently wrote MailTask, an email client that fits my needs better than the ones that had previously existed, and which I hope may be useful to other people as well. I think the program has the potential to be especially useful for other people who have to deal with a lot of email on a day-to-day basis and for power users, a category which I'm sure most of SoylentNews's readership falls into.Overview:When you start MailTask, the program puts up a window…
  4. FIN7 'Cyber-Mafia' Group Giving Heartburn to the U.S. Restaurant Industry

    05.29 / 08:57 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),- writes:Chris Bing from CyberScoop notes:"A sophisticated hacking group with suspected ties to cybercrime gangs operating in Eastern Europe is now actively targeting and breaching prominent brand-name restaurants in the U.S. More than 20 U.S.-based hospitality companies — the sector that includes hotels and restaurants — have been successfully hacked by FIN7 since the summer of 2016..." https://www.cyberscoop.com/chipotle-hack-fin7-carbanak-baja-fresh-ruby-tuesday/ (Ja…
  5. Smartphone Use May Impact Utilitarian Moral Judgments

    05.29 / 07:49 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    AthanasiusKircher writes:A new study suggests that smartphone users may be more apt to employ utilitarian reasoning in resolving moral problems, rather than adhering to absolute moral principles.The study, which is published in Computers in Human Behavior, is one of the first studies into the impact of the digital age on moral judgments, and suggests that moral judgments depend on the digital context in which a dilemma is presented and could have significant implications for how we…
  6. Commerce Secretary Praises Lack of Protesters During Trump's Saudi Visit

    05.29 / 05:37 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    -- OriginalOwner writes:Common Dreams reportsSpeaking to CNBC on Monday [May 22], [Commerce Secretary Wilbur] Ross, who accompanied Trump on the weekend trip to Riyadh, said he found it "fascinating" that he did not see "a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard".[...] Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Center for Middle East Policy, told CNBC afterwards that Saudi Arabia is among the…
  7. Our Tech is Shit: A Dissent on the Claim Technology is Currently Rapidly Improving

    05.29 / 04:38 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    cafebabe brought a forum posting to our attention:From the RooshV Forum:I constantly get the vibe from people that they think our technology is skyrocketing, that we're living in a new tech age, "where was all this ten years ago?!" etc.But I disagree with this assessment of our technology. It has made steady improvements in one specific space: software and electronic hardware. That is all. On top of that, the improvements on the hardware have not even been ground breaking. GPS is a…
  8. Early Science Results from the Juno Mission to Jupiter

    05.29 / 02:24 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:The results are in:Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet's surface than previously thought.[...] Juno launched on Aug. 5, 2011, entering Jupiter's orbit on July 4, 2016. The…
  9. Saudi Arabia, UAE to Donate to Women Entrepreneurs Fund

    05.29 / 01:27 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    butthurt writes: The Wall Street Journal reported that the World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Fund, an idea that the president's elder daughter proposed, will work to help women in the Middle East who want to start their own businesses.The [$100 million] donation from Saudi Arabia and the UAE was set to be announced at a Sunday event with President Trump's daughter, according to the report.The first daughter spoke with Saudi women who are civil leaders, businesswomen and elected government…
  10. Taiwanese Court Invalidates Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

    05.28 / 23:25 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    butthurt writes:Taiwan's Council of Grand Justices (大法官) ruled that the current civil law banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional and that the legislature has two years to either amend the law or create a new law.—Taiwan NewsLegislation enforcing the court's ruling is already working its way through the legislature, where both the ruling and major opposition parties support legalisation as do a majority of Taiwanese people and President Tsai Ing-wen.—news.com.au (News Corp)A large per…
  11. Court Grants Standing in Suit against NSA over Upstream Surveillance

    05.28 / 22:09 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    butthurt writes:The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to give Wikimedia a chance to legally challenge the NSA's mass surveillance as being unconstitutional. The government has previously argued that the NSA's Upstream warrantless spying is authorized under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. [...]The ruling yesterday reversed a lower court's ruling which found Wikimedia, which publishes the internet behemoth Wikipedia, couldn't prove the NSA's "Upstream"…
  12. Russia Plans on Building a New Gigantic Submarine

    05.28 / 20:12 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    looorg writes:A gigantic new research submarine designed by Russia will travel underneath ice floes, mapping its underwater surroundings with a pair of huge plane-like wings. The sub will help Moscow exploit its Arctic frontier as it prepares to harvest previously untouchable natural resources.The Arctic Research Submarine was designed by the famous Rubin Design Bureau, which was also responsible for the Typhoon-class missile submarines, the largest subs ever built. This vessel will weigh…
  13. Jim Hackett’s Toughest Job Yet: Leading Ford into the Driverless Era

    05.28 / 19:09 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:Ford Motor Co. this week tapped Jim Hackett—a former office furniture chief executive who has been running its ride- and vehicle-sharing division since March 2016—to assume leadership of the company.Hackett's assignment: to transform the 114-year-old automaker from a company that designs and sells vehicles driven by their owners into one that makes autonomous vehicles (see "What to Know Before You Get In a Self-Driving Car"). He quickly got to work announcing a series of e…
  14. Relation of Income, Geography to Life Expectancy Studied in U.S.

    05.28 / 18:12 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    butthurt writes:According to a report by the Congressional Research Service (PDF hosted on Cloudflare; archived copy here),Although life expectancy has generally been increasing over time in the United States, researchers have long documented that it is lower for individuals with lower socioeconomic status (SES) compared with individuals with higher SES. Recent studies provide evidence that this gap has widened in recent decades. For example, a 2015 study by the National Academy of…
  15. Creationist Geologist Sues the National Park Service Over Grand Canyon Sample Collection

    05.28 / 15:55 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/creationist-geologist-sues-us-park-service-after-it-rejects-request-collect-samplesThe Interior Department is facing a lawsuit from a Christian geologist who claims he was not allowed to collect rocks from Grand Canyon National Park because of his creationist beliefs.In the suit filed earlier this month, the Australian geologist, Andrew Snelling, says that religious discrimination was behind the National Park Service's (NRS's) decision…
  16. Apple Wants to Add Machine Learning Chips to Smartphone SoCs

    05.28 / 14:53 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/apple-said-to-plan-dedicated-chip-to-power-ai-on-devicesApple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company's devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence -- such as facial recognition and speech recognition, said the person, who requested…
  17. Raspberry Pi Merges With CoderDojo

    05.28 / 12:46 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:Raspberry Pi is merging with a "global coding skills network":We've got some great news to share today: the Raspberry Pi Foundation is joining forces with the CoderDojo Foundation, in a merger that will give many more young people all over the world new opportunities to learn how to be creative with technology.CoderDojo is a global network of coding clubs for kids from seven to 17. The first CoderDojo took place in July 2011 when James Whelton and Bill Liao decided to share…
  18. Surfing the Internet… From My TRS-80 Model 100

    05.28 / 11:48 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    charon writes:There will always be, shall we say, driven people who want to connect ancient computer hardware to something more modern. Their Frankenstein's monster-like creations are amusing and amazing and slightly appalling. Witness: The TRS-80 Model 100!In case you're not familiar with it or perhaps have confused it in some way with the slightly more famous TRS-80 desktop, the TRS-80 Model 100 (affectionately known among retro-computing buffs as the "T100") is the Radio Shack-branded…
  19. Thousands Disrupted as British Airways Flights Axed Amid IT Crash

    05.28 / 09:52 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:Serious problems with British Airways' IT systems have led to thousands of passengers having their plans disrupted, after all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick were cancelled.Passengers described "chaotic" scenes at the airports, with some criticising BA for a lack of information.The airline has apologised, and told passengers not to come to the airport.BA chief executive Alex Cruz said: "We believe the root cause was a power supply…
  20. Laptops and Tablets in the Classroom: How to Integrate Electronic Devices in the University

    05.28 / 07:58 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:Researchers from the University of Seville have published the study "To take or not to take the laptop or tablet to classes, that is the question", which has been selected for publication by the internationally recognised review Computers in Human Behavior, which deals with the social implications of new technology. In the article, the socio-economic factors that determine the use of laptops and tablets in university classrooms in Seville are analysed, as well as the…