Oct 232020
 

Liberal writers sympathetic to the corporate education reform movement are beating the drum about reopening schools, claiming to stand up for low-income students. But attacking teachers and their unions does nothing for poor and working-class students — it simply scapegoats the people who have dedicated their lives to actually helping those students. The neoliberal solution to poverty, embraced by centrist Democrats and Republicans alike, is “equality of opportunity, not equality of results.” (Daniel Pockett /…

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Oct 232020
 

Enlarge / There could soon be an easier way to tell how hot that chili pepper is. (credit: Azman Mohamad / EyeEm via Getty Images) Capsaicin is the compound responsible for determining just how hot a variety of chili pepper will be; the higher the capsaicin levels, the hotter the pepper. There are several methods for quantifying just how much capsaicin is present in a pepper—its “pungency”—but they are either too time-consuming, too costly, or…

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Oct 232020
 

EFF, joined by several leading civil liberties and immigrant rights organizations, recently filed a comment calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw a proposed rule that would exponentially expand biometrics collection from both U.S. citizens and noncitizens who apply for immigration benefits and would allow DHS to mandate the collection of face data, iris scans, palm prints, voice prints, and DNA. DHS received more than 5,000 comments in response to the proposed…

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Oct 222020
 

Massive public records request reveals scale of warrantless surveillance Never mind the Feds. American police forces routinely “circumvent most security features” in smartphones to extract mountains of personal information, according to a report that details the massive, ubiquitous cracking of devices by cops.…

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Oct 222020
 

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Streaming platform Twitch this week surprised many of its users when it sent out a huge batch of copyright takedown emails. These messages not only didn’t tell streamers what supposedly infringing content they posted, but it also said that Twitch had simply deleted content outright without giving users a chance to appeal. Many Twitch “partners”—the folks who make actual money from their Twitch participation—received emails on Tuesday warning…

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Oct 222020
 

It’s rare to get a look at something soft and fleshy on a dinosaur…as your mom well knows. On the fossil, just below the tail, the butthole appears as a “blackish mottled ovoid area,” the paleontologists write. To the naked eye, the spot looks like a series of dark, stacked bands running between the base of the tail and hip bones, clearly different from the skin around it. […]Bird cloacae are round or square and…

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Oct 202020
 

Free & Equal will host another presidential debate on October 24 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The same five candidates will debate: Howie Hawkins, Don Blankenship, Gloria La Riva, Brock Pierce, and Brian Carroll. The candidates will be in the same room … Continue reading →

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Oct 202020
 

One of the oldest artistic depictions in the Nazca Lines, a mysterious collection of geoglyphs preserved in southern Peru, was discovered during recent remodeling efforts within this UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 2,000 years ago, people in this region created a 37-meter-long outline of a sprawling cat on a hill slope according to a statement released on Thursday by Peru’s Ministry of Culture.  The Nazca geoglyphs, some of which stretch across hundreds of meters,…

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Oct 202020
 

On October 14, the Internet Archive presented a book talk with author Tim Hwang, NYT Tech Reporter, Kashmir Hill, and technologist, Desigan Chinniah, discussing Hwang’s new book is “Subprime Attention Crisis.” Is the Ad-Tech model powering the Internet really just the next financial bubble? That is the question at the heart of a significant new book by Internet researcher Tim Hwang: Subprime Attention Crisis: Advertising and the Time Bomb at the Heart of the Internet. If you don’t already know Tim, he’s…

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Oct 112020
 

Postgres is an amazing RDBMS implementation. Postgres is open source and it’s one of the most standard-compliant SQL implementations that you will find (if not the most compliant.) Postgres is packed with extensions to the standard, and it makes writing and deploying your applications simple and easy. After all, Postgres has your back and manages all the complexities of concurrent transactions for you. In this post I am excited to announce that a new version…

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Oct 112020
 

I am an accidental DBA, with a huge emphasis on “accidental.” I came to PostgreSQL as an application developer who really liked to program with SQL and use the database to help solve my problems. Nonetheless, these systems would enter into production, and as such I had to learn to support them. PostgreSQL monitoring and performance optimization is a vast topic. In fact, I’ll read content like what my colleague Greg Smith wrote on benchmarking…

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Oct 112020
 

Here is a link to the three-hour minor party presidential debate held in Denver on the evening of October 8. It lasts three hours and included the presidential nominees of the Green, Constitution, Socialism & Liberation, and American Solidarity Parties, … Continue reading →

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Oct 112020
 

By the time she was standing in front of the federal courthouse on Lownsdale Square on the night of July 25, Olivia Katbi Smith had already been exposed to tear gas several times. On those previous occasions during the Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon, this summer, being gassed had been very unpleasant: leaving her coughing and making her eyes and nose run and sting. But this time, standing about 30 feet from the…

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Oct 102020
 

I recently got a variety of Mathmos Space Projector disks, so please put on the Barbarella soundtrack and enjoy this six hour playlist.Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

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Oct 102020
 

On October 9, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed all the Progressive Party member-nominees who are running for state office in Vermont, but only if they also have the Democratic nomination. He did not endorse any Progressive Party nominee who does not have the Democratic nomination as well. Vermont permits aggregated fusion: candidates with the nomination of more than one party appear on the November ballot once, with both party labels following their names. The party…

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Oct 072020
 

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Tuesday, October 6, 2020 — On October 4th, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) turned thirty-five years old, and is taking this week to celebrate. Activities will include the launch of a new FSF video, anniversary-themed artwork, and a livestreamed event with special guests from around the world. On October 4, 1985, Harold Abelson, Robert J. Chassell, Richard M. Stallman, Gerald Jay Sussman, and Leonard H. Tower, Jr. incorporated the Free Software…

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