bricko (1052210) writes "Court case offers a peek at how H-1B-fueled discrimination works One-third of Infosys worksites have 100% Asian workers, lawsuit alleges How H-1B-fueled discrimination works" Link to Original Source top
Coldest winter since March 2002 in the contiguous 48 U.S. states, according to the National Climatic Data center, boosting power demand. In spring, an increase in oil and ethanol transport clogged the railways and slowed efforts by power generators to rebuild supply. Some utilities have as little as 20 days of reserves, Bill Davison, vice president of thermal coal sales at Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (ANR), said last month at a conference in New York. Tennessee Valley Authority temporarily idled the Bull Run plant in May to rebuild supply, Vince Stroud, the company’s director of coal origination, said last month in an interview at the IHS McCloskey Coal USA conference in New York." Link to Original Source top
Garth Brooks to bypass iTunes , release new album on his own site directly
bricko (1052210) writes "The other big news is that Garth’s entire catalog will be available for downloading starting on Monday at his website, www.garthbrooks.com. Garth had previously been one of the few remaining holdouts, refusing to allow his songs on iTunes, amazon, or other services.
Now he’s going do it himself and cut out the middle man. I don’t know why more artists don’t do it this way." Link to Original Source top
bricko (1052210) writes "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade.
Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor citing issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature record. USCRN began compiling temperature data in January 2005. Now, nearly a decade later, NOAA has finally made the USCRN temperature readings available.
According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.
USCRN data debunk claims that rising U.S. temperatures caused wildfires, droughts, or other extreme weather events during the past year. The objective data show droughts, wildfires, and other extreme weather events have become less frequent and severe in recent decades as our planet modestly warms. But even ignoring such objective data, it is difficult to claim global warming is causing recent U.S. droughts and wildfires when U.S. temperatures are a full 0.4 degrees Celsius colder than they were in 2005." Link to Original Source top
Fallout: Firefox Browser Loses 14% of its Users in Months After CEO Ouster
bricko (1052210) writes "Fallout: Firefox Browser Loses 14% of its Users in Months After CEO Ouster
The Firefox browser has lost 14% of its users in the months since they pushed out their CEO for his having donated to California’s Proposition 8 in 2008.
In early April, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was pressured to resign from the company that makes the Firefox browser after it was discovered he’d donated money to a political campaign to ban gay marriage in California.
The Firefox support message boards experienced record numbers of complaints against the move, with protests running 95% against it. Most of those expressing concerns said they were dumping the Firefox browser. The product was frequently referred to as “Hitler’s Browser.”" Link to Original Source top
iPhone 7 processor to be manufactured by Samsung and Globalfoundries in New York
bricko (1052210) writes "iPhone 7 processor to be manufactured by Samsung and Globalfoundries in New York
This year Apple’s focus will be on the release of the iPhone 6, widely expected to become available in September. But with a new phone being released every 12 months, the company has to look ahead to what follows, and next year that will be the iPhone 7. Now we’re hearing which companies have secured initial orders for the A9 chip that will be at the heart of the 2015 iPhone.
The big winners are Globalfoundries and Apple’s old rival Samsung. It seems that, love or hate them, Apple can’t do without the manufacturing capacity and expertise of the South Korean company. In this case, Samsung will produce 40 percent of the required 14nm A9 FinFET processors the iPhone 7 will use. Those processors will be manufactured at Globafoundries’ Fab 8 facility located in New York, which Samsung has access to. That equates to an initial output of 60,000 wafers a month, producing enough chips to support the launch around September 2015." Link to Original Source top
Leader of the German Green Party - Dangers of relying Renewables destroyed jobs
bricko (1052210) writes "Leader of the German Green Party in the Bundestag, Oliver Krischer, summed up the dangers of relying on green power when he said,
A few years ago the renewable sector was the job miracle in Germany; now nothing is left of all of that.
Germany now on massive rebuild of Coal Plants.
Every European economy that followed the green agenda has faltered badly. Consequently, Germany is building coal plants to replace both failed wind power sources and even clean nuclear plants that are a casualty of irrational phobia after the Fukushima nuclear accident. In 2013 alone Germany built six more coal plants. China and India build four new ones every week, rendering Ontario’s coal shutdown, as well as those planned for the U.S., completely irrelevant from a climate perspective no matter what one believes about the science." Link to Original Source top
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that.. the threat of global warming.. would fit the bill.. the real enemy, then, is humanity itself.” – Club Of Rome
“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?” - Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Anthropogenic “climate change” is, and always was, a radical campaign to reduce the world’s population. A misanthropic agenda engineered by the environmental movement in the mid 1970s, who realised that doing something about “global warming” would play to quite a number of its social agendas.
The goal was advanced, most notably, by The Club Of Rome (Consultants to the UN) – a group of mainly European scientists and academics, who used computer modelling to warn that the world would run out of finite resources if population growth were left unchecked." Link to Original Source top
But, but....this is "settled science" so we are told.....just like AGW, we can NOT look into Warming....its "settled science". Or so Slashdot management has decided as they censor any links to research that debunks this so called "settled science".
bricko (1052210) writes "The Chinese Government infamously announced recently that they have banned the use of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on Government PC's due to the cloud/Modern UI integration. While it may not sound like a big deal on the surface, Microsoft are currently panicking regarding the whole ordeal, and are currently reconsidering a number of plans with Windows 9.
Microsoft has already made drastic changes to the way employees at Microsoft access test builds. Instead of the builds being freely accessible via Microsoft CorpNet, an employee is required to request a new build which is personally assigned to them, this change will attempt to minimize leaks dramatically.
According to WZOR, Windows 9 Enterprise Edition could potentially see the removal of cloud-based integration within the operating system, along with the ability to completely disable the Modern UI 2.0." Link to Original Source top
West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is being melted by geothermal heat from below
bricko (1052210) writes "Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it's being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The findings significantly change the understanding of conditions beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet where accurate information has previously been unobtainable.
The Thwaites Glacier has been the focus of considerable attention in recent weeks as other groups of researchers found the glacier is on the way to collapse, but more data and computer modeling are needed to determine when the collapse will begin in earnest and at what rate the sea level will increase as it proceeds. The new observations by UTIG will greatly inform these ice sheet modeling efforts." Link to Original Source top
bricko (1052210) writes "No connection between climate changes and any sea level rise
The reconstructions account for the observation that the rate of GMSLR was not much larger during the last 50 years than during the twentieth century as a whole, despite the increasing anthropogenic forcing. Semiempirical methods for projecting GMSLR depend on the existence of a relationship between global climate change and the rate of GMSLR, but the implication of the authors' closure of the budget is that such a relationship is weak or absent during the twentieth century.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk expressed surprise at the company’s shareholder meeting earlier this week that other auto manufacturers haven’t significantly invested in electric cars, and said he’s considering doing something “fairly controversial” with Tesla’s patents.
“I was hoping other companies would engage in more serious electric-car programs,” Musk said.
While Musk declined to elaborate, he said it would be a decision he would have to “carefully explain” in a USA Today report, indicating the founder might be mulling over releasing some of the company’s patented technology to encourage electric auto market growth." Link to Original Source top
Polar Bear number just made up to meet public demand
bricko (1052210) writes "Researchers with the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) recently admitted to experienced zoologist and polar bear specialist Susan Crockford that the estimate given for the total number of polar bars in the Arctic was “simply a qualified guess given to satisfy public demand.”