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Submission + - Gates Foundation Failures-Why Philanthropists Shouldn't Set Public School Agenda

theodp writes: As the U.S. entrusts tech billionaires and their fave nonprofits with K-12 Computer Science education, the Los Angeles Times looks back on some of the havoc wreaked on U.S. schools by the well-intentioned Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, citing the organization's costly failures as Exhibit A in the case against philanthropists setting public school agenda. "The mission of improving education in America is both vast and complicated," concedes Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellm, "and the Gates Foundation doesn’t have all the answers." Still, that isn't stopping Bill and Melinda Gates from pressing Congress "to provide funding for every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science" ($4.2B is a nice start!).The LA Times concludes, "Philanthropists are not generally education experts, and even if they hire scholars and experts, public officials shouldn’t be allowing them to set the policy agenda for the nation’s public schools. The Gates experience teaches once again that educational silver bullets are in short supply and that some educational trends live only a little longer than mayflies."

Submission + - Disappearing stuff from the internet ( 1

inode_buddha writes: Its well-known that removing something from the internet is nearly impossible, like taking the pee out of the pool. That said, somebody or something is doing a credible job of trying lately. First there was the UCDavis pepper-spray video. Now its a Bernie Sanders ad. Nobody seems to know who or why but it was on the net for a few hours and it is rapdly being pulled and scrubbed. Any one got ideas?

Comment Re:stop making him a martyr. (Score 1) 146

According to Wikipedia: In 2013, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced a bill, Aaron's Law (H.R. 2454, S. 1196 [209]) to exclude terms of service violations from the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and from the wire fraud statute. The Aaron's Law bill died in committee in May 2014, reportedly due to Oracle Corporation's financial interests.

Submission + - Sea level rise on Northwest European Shelf caused by moon - not man

An anonymous reader writes: This recent (free-access) paper from the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland uses a 160-year tidal gauge series from 26 stations in the Baltic Sea to show that the (global) sea level is completely governed by multi-decadal oscillations of the lunar cycle — superimposed on a unchanging and slow (1.2 mm/yr) sea level rise during that long period. The upside of studying the Baltic is that the daily tidal difference is very low in this region, which gives data with low noise. The final correlation coefficient with the lunar influence was 0.997, so not much room for anthropogenic global warming there.

The authors note in the end: "If our theory is correct and no unprecedented sea-level changing mechanism occurs during the ongoing nodal cycle, then the region’s ongoing sea-level rise (quasi-oscillatory rise since 1971) would be expected to culminate around 2011 and thereafter be falling. At the earliest, this prognosis can be empirically documented when the ongoing lunar nodal period is complete in 2020–21, i.e. within the next 6–7 years."

According to the Danish weekly ‘Weekendavisen’) the article was turned down by Nature, Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate, and the Nature-affiliated Earth Science Review before the authors turned to Journal of Coastal Research who happily accepted it. One of the authors, Jens Morten Hansen, believes the reason for Nature's rejection is that it does not fit with the IPCC political agenda.

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