Oct 312018
 

The battles within the Democratic Party have played out in high-profile races this year, largely featuring well-heeled establishment figures with years of elected experience challenged by left-wing outsiders running with the support of a national grassroots movement. Amidst this fight, there has been a strenuous effort from party centrists to drain the question of any ideological content. Party leaders are not pushing any particular agenda, goes the argument, but are merely pragmatists maximizing the chances…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/30/buffy-wicks-jovanka-beckles-billionaire-backed-democrat-facing-off-against-democratic-socialist-in-berkeley/

 2018-10-31  No Responses »
Oct 312018
 

The 14th Amendment’s citizenship guarantee is one of the bedrocks of America. President Trump said this week that he is preparing an executive order to try to take away the citizenship guarantee in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which says that people born in the United States are United States citizens. On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham announced that he would introduce legislation with the same aim. But the president cannot repeal part of the Constitution by…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/road-citizenship/no-mr-president-you-cant-change-constitution-executive-order

 2018-10-31  No Responses »
Oct 312018
 

Since its launch in March 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope has provided us with an incredible amount of data about exoplanets within our galaxy, proving these worlds are more varied and numerous than we could ever have imagined. Before its launch we simply didn’t know how common planets such as ours were, but today we know the Milky Way contains billions of them. Some of these worlds are so hot they have seas of molten…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2018/10/30/kepler-closes-eyes-after-a-decade-of-discovery/

 2018-10-31  No Responses »
Oct 282018
 

Bloomberg is reporting that IBM has agreed to acquire Red Hat for over $33 billion. “International Business Machines Corp. will pay $190 a share in cash for Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat, according to a statement from the companies Sunday, confirming an earlier Bloomberg News report. That’s a 63 percent premium over Red Hat’s closing price of $116.68 per share on Friday.”

External feed Read More at the Source: https://lwn.net/Articles/769762/rss

 2018-10-28  No Responses »
Oct 262018
 

We’re pleased to announce that the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office have expanded the exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA, a dangerous law that inhibits speech, harms competition, and threatens digital security. But the exemptions are still too narrow and too complex for most technology users. Section 1201 makes it illegal to “circumvent” digital locks that control access to copyrighted works, and to make and sell devices that break digital locks. Every…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/10/new-exemptions-dmca-section-1201-are-welcome-dont-go-far-enough

 2018-10-26  No Responses »
Oct 262018
 

In honor of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (October 27) we’d like to take you on a brief tour through seven decades of digitized music and audio recordings from 1900 through 1970.  We’ve been working to digitize 78rpm discs for the Great 78 Project to preserve the heritage of the first half of the 20th century, and now we’re turning our eyes toward vinyl LPs that have fallen out of print in the Unlocked Recordings collection. 1905 –…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://blog.archive.org/2018/10/27/decades-of-music/

 2018-10-26  No Responses »
Oct 262018
 

In 2018, there has been a significant increase in editorial board support for ranked choice voting. Some highlights: Editorials Give ranked voting a shot. Our democracy would benefit. The Editorial Board on June 14, 2018 … Montgomery County and other localities should consider a reform that empowers the majority by allowing voters to rank their choices. Ranked-choice voting, also known as instant-runoff voting, has been used successfully in other countries as well as a growing…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://www.fairvote.org/editorial_board_support_for_rcv_in_2018

 2018-10-26  No Responses »
Oct 262018
 

To all zero of my readers,

Actually writing things seems to be something I can’t muster up the will to do.

So I hacked up an rss plugin for wordpress last year to repost excepts from my tt-rss shared feed, but have left the posts it generates private. Since it’s OK if not ideal, I’m just gonna set the plugin to post publicly for now to see if it works out, and maybe as motivation to hurry up and finish tweaking the format, or writing a fresh plugin from scratch that only does what I need.

For now it will post every time I update my shared feed from tt-rss; I am leaning toward modifying it so that it collects all posts and makes a single daily entry, but I’ll see how this works first.

Oct 262018
 

We’ve always had a fascination with things that fly. Sure, drones are the latest incarnation of that, but there have been RC planes, kites, and all sorts of flying toys and gizmos even before manned flight was possible. Maybe the first model flying machine you had was a paper airplane. There’s some debate, but it appears the Chinese and Japanese made paper airplanes 2,000 years ago. Now there’s a database of paper airplane designs, some…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2018/10/25/paper-airplane-database-has-the-wright-stuff/

 2018-10-26  No Responses »