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Comment Re:Who says the amounts are equal? (Score 1) 334

You seem to imply that you have a right to see Trump's tax returns. If you want this right you should get a job at the IRS.

We do have a right to know why Hillary blamed the Benghazi 9/11 on a video. It's been four years since the attack and we still do not (officially) know the origin of that claim. Hillary's denunciation of the video is available on YouTube. You should watch with the thought in mind that we now know that the video did not trigger the attack.

Comment Trump is audited by the IRS every year (Score 1) 491

If there is evidence of criminality in his tax returns he would be under prosecution. He may have a personal, business, or even political (i.e., he'll release his taxes when Hillary produces her missing email) for not releasing them. Do you make your taxes public? If not, then why not?

Comment Why did Hillary blame a video for Benghazi 9/11? (Score 1) 491

Hopefully the answer will be in her deleted emails. Apparently she has forgotten the name of the person who told her to blame the 9/11/2012 Benghazi attack on a video. That person should be named. Her denouncing of the video was so inflammatory that it likely caused further terror attacks. The person who told her to assign this blame should have to account for this.

Submission + - Press Burying Sins of Hillary Clinton (wsj.com)

bongey writes: Following on the heels of Glenn Greenwalds article of medias Russian echo camber to deflect the content of the wikileaks email. https://theintercept.com/2016/...
The WSJ has came out blasting their peers for burying the Clinton stories(paywalled sorry). Today president Obama proposed that
  to "rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to" , essentially Obama wants to to have truth system.

Submission + - SPAM: Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father

schwit1 writes: A mother's genetics determines how clever her children are, according to researchers, and the father makes no difference.

Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one.

But in addition to this, scientists now believe genes for advanced cognitive functions which are inherited from the father may be automatically deactivated.

A category of genes known as “conditioned genes” are thought to work only if they come from the mother in some cases and the father in other cases. Intelligence is believed to be among the conditioned genes that have to come from the mother.

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Submission + - FBI Looks Into Unlocking Minnesota Mall Stabber's iPhone (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Minnesota man suspected of stabbing 10 people in a mall before police fatally shot him left behind his iPhone. Now, FBI agents are looking into unlocking his iPhone as part of the investigation. The FBI says Dahir Adan, 20, attacked several shoppers on September 17 in a frenzy, asking his victims if they were Muslim before he stabbed them. ISIS claimed responsibility for attack shortly after. FBI director James Comey told the House Judiciary Committee his agency is reviewing Adan's electronic devices — but is having issues getting into his iPhone. The device remains locked, as agents are "exploring technical and legal options," Minneapolis FBI spokesman Jeff Van Nest said. He declined to specify what model the iPhone was.

Submission + - SysAdmin and the 4th Amendment

An anonymous reader writes: I have been running my own email server for 24 years. Started with dialup Linux server. I even had over a $1000 phone bill once. I am tired of spam, attacks, configuration and maintenance.
I feel safer when I run my own server, then it takes a search warrant, not just a National Security Letter (NSL). I have an expectation of privacy!
I have been reading /. for years and I have a question.
Is there a way that I can "own" the server and but not have be the admin and not cost a fortune? I have multiple domains and that makes admin expensive or difficult.
Privacy has cost, maintenance or money.
I want privacy and low cost with little maintenance. I have tried different control panels but they do not give the control I like. I have tried docker, but it is not flexible
Yes, I do know that privacy is dead, but I still want to grasp for the illusion.

Comment "Climate Change" sounds like propaganda (Score 1) 680

"Climate Change" deniers are likely responding to the "propaganda-ness" of much of the media regarding the subject. Answers to simple questions such as how climate is quantified and what reproduced experiments have been done to support or debunk climate change theories would have a lot more effect to win over non-believers than political agitation such as "the planet has a fever..."

Submission + - SPAM: Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal

schwit1 writes: President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday. The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

The 189 pages the bureau released includes interviews with some of Clinton’s closest aides, such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills; senior State Department officials; and even Marcel Lazar, better known as the Romanian hacker “Guccifer.”

In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.

"Once informed that the sender's name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: 'How is this not classified?'" the report says. "Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president's use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email."

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Submission + - Bill Gates: Voter Opposition to Globalization is 'A Huge Concern' 1

theodp writes: GeekWire reports that the groundswell of populist opposition to open markets and collaboration among countries is "a huge concern" to Bill Gates. "Globalization has had these huge benefits of speeding up innovation and causing product prices to be far lower than they would be otherwise," argued Gates. "But the fact that people, net, see it as a bad thing — and that a vote like the Brexit vote or some other votes are a move to 'Hey, we don’t like change, we want to set back the clock, we want to be more local in our thinking' — that’s a huge concern." Commenters didn't exactly see eye-to-eye with the world's richest man.

Submission + - Code.org Touts Apple's Swift Playgrounds, Disses Wolfram Language

theodp writes: Tech-backed Code.org, one of the leaders of the new CSforAll Consortium that was announced at the White House on Wednesday, took to its blog Thursday to say "Thanks, Tim [Cook], for supporting the effort to give every student the opportunity to learn computer science," giving a shout out to Apple for providing "resources for teachers who want to put Swift Playgrounds in their classrooms (a day earlier, the White House said Apple developed Swift Playgrounds "in support of the President’s call to action" for CS for All). Curiously, Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi argued Friday that "the Wolfram Language has serious shortcomings for broad educational use" in an EdSurge op-ed that was called a "response to a recent blog post by Stephen Wolfram" on Wolfram's ambitious plan to teach computational thinking in schools. Partovi's complaints? "It requires login for all but the simplest use cases, but doesn’t provide any privacy safeguards for young children (required in the U.S. through legislation such as COPPA). Also, a serious user would need to pay for usage, making implementation inaccessible in most schools. Lastly, it’s a bit difficult to use by students who struggle with English reading or writing, such as English language learners or early elementary school students." So, if you were a teacher trying to teach computational thinking skills to the 11-and-older set, would you be inclined to embrace Wolfram's approach, Apple's Swift Playgrounds, Microsoft TEALS' Java-centric AP CS curriculum, or something else (e.g., R, Tableau, Excel+VBA)?

Submission + - Working Round The 'Big Data Bottleneck' In Modern CPUs (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Modern CPU architecture is built to retrieve large chunks of data, to limit the number of time-consuming journeys between the central controller and the location of the data in memory banks. When you're fetching the first data block of a picture for Photoshop, bringing along the adjacent block makes sense, because you're probably going to need it. But when you're making ten calls to a 'sparse' dataset, where each of the items you want is resident in different memory allocation, and none of them have any relevant adjacent data, the architecture is fighting the intention.

Researchers from MIT have addressed the problem by creating a C++ extension that gathers these requests into one queue for each core, and then forces the cores to swap and negotiate which requests they can most efficiently handle for the minimum number of journeys to memory. In earluy tests, access to sparse datasets has been increased by up to four times using this method, and promises even greater increases with a dedicated architecture. Contributing researcher Vladimir Kiriansky explains why the teams called the extension 'Milk', and why the name also explains the challenge: "It’s as if, every time you want a spoonful of cereal, you open the fridge, open the milk carton, pour a spoonful of milk, close the carton, and put it back in the fridge."

Submission + - Microsoft Weaponizes Minecraft in the War over Classrooms (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: In the two years since Microsoft acquired Minecraft's parent company, its discovered a brilliant new direction to take the game: it's turning it into a tool for education, creating both an innovative approach to classroom technology and an inspired strategy for competing with Google and Apple in the ed-tech market. "I actually never believed there would be a game that would really cross over between the commercial entertainment market and education in a mainstream way,” says cultural anthropologist Mimi Ito—but Minecraft has managed to do just that.

Submission + - SPAM: L.A. sheriff uses robot to snatch rifle from barricaded suspect, end standoff

schwit1 writes: An hours-long standoff in the darkness of the high desert came to a novel end when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies used a robot to stealthily snatch a rifle from an attempted murder suspect, authorities said Thursday.

Officials said the use of the robot to disarm a violent suspect was unprecedented for the Sheriff's Department, and comes as law enforcement agencies increasingly rely on military-grade technology to reduce the risk of injury during confrontations with civilians.

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