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Henman, Federer and Williams Advance at Wimbledon
Andy Roddick, Amelie Mauresmo and Jennifer Capriati also won in straight sets to move comfortably into Wimbledon's second week.

Palestinians Blow Up Israeli Army Post in Gaza
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service revised its casualty toll from an attack on Sunday against an Israeli army post in the southern Gaza Strip from dozens to around six Israelis wounded in the blast.

Contreras Strikes Out 10 in Win Over Mets
Making his first start since his wife and children defected from Cuba last week, José Contreras struck out a career-high 10 in six shutout innings.

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Aides Say Memo Backed Coercion for Qaeda Cases
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Code.org Hacked, Emails and Locations Data of Volunteers Compromised
An anonymous reader allegedly quoting an email from Code.org, claims that the database of the non-profit organization has been breached: Some personal data was accessed on our web site by a firm exploiting a client-side vulnerability. Your email address and your location, if you provided it, were compromised and may have been read. The exploit was limited to engineers and others who volunteered to help in classrooms. No student or teacher accounts were impacted, nor passwords or additional information. The exploit did not give hackers access to any of our servers. Earlier this week, a volunteer engineer told us he received an unsolicited recruiting email from a technical freelancing firm in Singapore. We determined the firm was able to retrieve the volunteer's private email address by exploiting a client-side vulnerability on our volunteer map. We've since had 6 similar cases reported. We've fixed the problem, and all private data was secured against future attacks late Friday. We also inspected and secured the rest of our site from similar vulnerabilities. Code.org has confirmed to Slashdot that it has indeed suffered a beach. The non-profit separately wrote in a blog post that a Singapore-based recruiting firm had exploited a vulnerability on its website to send emails to Code.org members. Following is an email sent by the recruiting firm to Hadi Partovi, CEO, Code.org. "Sorry about this... our intention was we thought it'd be good to get them more opportunities to improve their own Computer Science skills beyond the opportunities available in their geographical boundaries / location. We've told our team to stop this with immediate effect. No one should be receiving anymore e-mails from us from this point onwards. You have my word that we will delete their email addresses from our mailing lists. They should not receive anymore emails from us."

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Google Chrome Extension Caught Stealing Bitcoin From Users
An anonymous reader writes: Bitcoin exchange portal Bitstamp is warning users of a Google Chrome extension that steals their Bitcoin when making a transfer. According to Bitstamp, this extension contains malicious code that is redirecting payments to its own Bitcoin address. Bitcoin web app developer Devon Weller confirmed Bitstamp's findings, saying that the extension was secretly replacing Bitcoin QR codes with its own. The extension's name is BitcoinWisdom Ads Remover and is still available on the Google Chrome Web Store. In July 2015, many users reported having similar issues with the same extension.

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Study Finds 3 Laws Could Reduce Firearm Deaths By 90%
An anonymous reader writes: The study, published in The Lancet, used a cross-sectional, state-level dataset relating to a host of topics associated with firearm mortality including gun ownership and even unemployment from across the U.S. to examine the relationship between recorded gun deaths and gun-control legislation. The study found that some laws, such as those that restrict gun access to children through locks and age restrictions, were simply ineffective while others, such as the stand-your-ground law that allows individuals to use deadly force in self-defense, actually increase gun-related deaths significantly. According to the study's model, a federal law expanding background checks for all gun purchases could reduce the national gun death rate by 57%, lowering it from 10.35 to 4.46 per 100,000 people while background checks for all ammunition purchases could lower the rate by 81% to 1.99 per 100,000 and firearm identification could reduce it by 83% to 1.81 per 100,000. If the federal government implemented all three laws, the scholars predict that the overall national rate of firearm deaths would drop by over 90% to 0.16 per 100,000.

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Children To Parents: 'Don't Post About Me On Facebook Without Asking Me'
HughPickens.com writes: Sites like Facebook and Instagram are now baked into the world of today's families. Many, if not most, new parents post images of their newborn online within an hour of birth, and some parents create social media accounts for the children themselves -- often to share photos and news with family, although occasionally in the pursuit of "Instafame" for their fashionably clad, beautifully photographed sons and daughters. Now, KJ Dell'Antonia writes in the NYT about the growing disconnect between parents and their children and the one surprising rule children want their parents to know: Don't post anything about me on social media without asking me. "As these children come of age, they're going to be seeing the digital footprint left in their childhood's wake," says Stacey Steinberg. "While most of them will be fine, some might take issue with it." Alexis Hiniker studied 249 parent-child pairs distributed across 40 states and found about three times more children than parents thought there should be rules about what parents shared on social media. "Twice as many children as parents expressed concerns about family members oversharing personal information about them on Facebook and other social media without permission," says co-author Sarita Schoenebeck. "Many children said they found that content embarrassing and felt frustrated when their parents continued to do it." When researchers asked kids what technology rules they wished their parents would follow -- a less common line of inquiry -- the answers fell into seven general categories: 1) Be present -- Children felt there should be no technology at all in certain situations, such as when a child is trying to talk to a parent. 2) Child autonomy -- Parents should allow children to make their own decisions about technology use without interference. 3) Moderate use -- Parents should use technology in moderation and in balance with other activities. 4) Supervise children -- Parents should establish and enforce technology-related rules for children's own protection. 5) Not while driving -- Parents should not text while driving or sitting at a traffic light. 6) No hypocrisy -- Parents should practice what they preach, such as staying off the Internet at mealtimes. 7) No oversharing -- Parents shouldn't share information online about their children without explicit permission.

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VPN Provider's No-Logging Claims Tested In FBI Case
An anonymous reader writes from an article published on TorrentFreak: [A] criminal complaint details the FBI's suspicions that 25-year-old Preston McWaters had conveyed "false or misleading information regarding an explosive device." The FBI started digging and in February 2016 two search warrants against Twitter and Facebook required them to turn over information on several accounts. Both did and the criminal complaint makes it clear that the FBI believes that McWaters was behind the accounts and the threats. With McWaters apparently leaving incriminating evidence all over the place (including CCTV at Walmart where he allegedly purchased a pre-paid Tracfone after arriving in his own car), the FBI turned to IP address evidence available elsewhere. "During the course of the investigation, subpoenas and search warrants have been directed to various companies in an attempt to identify the internet protocol (IP) address from where the email messages are being sent," the complaint reads. "All the responses from [email provider] 1&1, Facebook, Twitter, and Tracfone have been traced by IP address back to a company named London Trust Media [doing business as] PrivateInternetAccess.com. A subpoena was sent to London Trust Media and the only information they could provide is that the cluster of IP addresses being used was from the east coast of the United States," the FBI's complain reads. "However, London Trust did provide that they accept payment for their services through credit card with a vendor company of Stripe and/or Amazon. They also accept forms of payment online through PayPal, Bitpay, Bit Coin, Cash You, Ripple, Ok Pay, and Pay Garden." While McWaters is yet to be found guilty, it's a sad fact that some people will use anonymizing services such as VPNs, pre-paid phones and anonymous email providers to harass others. And thankfully, as this case shows, they'll need to hide a lot more than their IP address to get away with that level of crime.

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U.S. Says North Korean Submarine Missing
An anonymous reader writes: The North Korean regime lost contact with one of its submarines earlier this week, three U.S. officials familiar with the latest information told CNN. According to CNN, the U.S. military had been observing the submarine operate off North Korea's east coast when the vessel stopped, and U.S. spy satellites, aircraft and ships have been secretly watching for days as the North Korean navy searched for the missing sub. The U.S. is unsure if the missing vessel is adrift under the sea or whether it has sunk, the officials said, but believes it suffered some type of failure during an exercise. This comes after North Korea has threatened to use nuclear weapons at any time and turn its military posture to "pre-emptive attack" mode.

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Amazon Working On Education Platform To Offer Free Learning Materials
An anonymous reader writes: E-commerce giant Amazon is planning to launch a new education platform which would enable educators to upload, manage, share, and discover open education resources. Earlier this month, the company quietly opened an Amazon Education Wait List to allow educators to be alerted about the availability of the platform. The website currently reads, "The future of education is open. Someday soon, educators everywhere will have free and unlimited access to first-class course materials from a revolutionary platform. Get on the wait list to be notified when the platform is available for all schools and classrooms!" The webpage, do note, could be related to some other project. This isn't the first time Amazon has shown interest in the education sector. In 2013, it acquired TenMarks, a company that offers mathematics learning materials. Amazon, which lets you purchase or rent books for Kindle, is also a major name in the publishing world. Over the years, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have also become increasingly interested in seeing their hardware and software in classrooms.

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Hotel Experience With Android Lightswitches
jones_supa writes: The hotel in which Matthew Garrett was staying at, had decided that light switches are unfashionable and replaced them with a series of Android tablets. In his tour to the system, one was quickly met with a glitch message "UK_bathroom isn't responding." Anyway, two of the tablets had convenient-looking ethernet cables plugged into the wall, so MacGyver began hacking. He managed to borrow a couple of USB ethernet adapters, set up a transparent bridge and then stick his laptop between the tablet and the wall. Tcpdump showed traffic, and Wireshark revealed that it was Modbus over TCP. Modbus is a pretty trivial protocol, and does not implement authentication. The Pymodbus tool could be used to control lights, turn the TV on/off, and even close and open the curtains. Then he noticed something. His room number was 714. The IP address he was communicating with was 172.16.207.14. They wouldn't, would they? Indeed, he could access the control systems on every floor and query other rooms to figure out whether the lights were on or not, which strongly implies that he could control them as well.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Reportedly Starting Automatically On Windows 7 PCs
An anonymous reader writes: Many users have confirmed in the comment section of a popular reddit post that "Windows 7 computers are being reported as automatically starting the Windows 10 upgrade without permission." It's no secret that Microsoft wants users to upgrade to their new OS. Earlier in the year, Windows 10 was set as a 'recommended update' so when you install new security or bug patches, the new OS is selected by default as well. Terry Myerson, head of the OS group at Microsoft, warned users about the possibility of the OS automatically installing. "Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device. Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue," he said. Whether or not the recent outcry is caused from users forgetting to deselect the Windows 10 upgrade in the update list or Microsoft updating Windows 7 PCs without users' permission, the good news is that you have 30 days to downgrade to the previous version of the OS.

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Wi-Fi Hotspot Blocking Persists Despite FCC Crackdown
An anonymous reader writes: An examination of consumer complaints to the FCC over the past year and a half shows that the practice of Wi-Fi hotspot device blocking continues even though the agency has slapped organizations such as Marriott and Hilton more than $2 million in total for doing this. Venues argue they need to block hotspots for security reasons, but the FCC and consumers say the organizations are doing this to force people to pay for pricey Internet access. "Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should be able to use them without fear that their personal Internet connection will be blocked by their hotel or conference center," FCC Enforcement Bureau chief Travis LeBlanc said in a statement. "It is unacceptable for any hotel to intentionally disable personal hotspots while also charging consumers and small businesses high fees to use the hotel's own Wi-Fi network. This practice puts consumers in the untenable position of either paying twice for the same service or forgoing Internet access altogether." Consumers have filed many complaints about Wi-Fi hotspot blocking to the FCC.

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TP-Link Blocks Open Source Router Firmware To Comply With FCC Rules
An anonymous reader points to an official announcement made by TP-Link, which confirms a report from last month that it is blocking open source firmware: The FCC requires all manufacturers to prevent users from having any direct ability to change RF parameters (frequency limits, output power, country codes, etc.) In order to keep our products compliant with these implemented regulations, TP-LINK is distributing devices that feature country-specific firmware. Devices sold in the United States will have firmware and wireless settings that ensure compliance with local laws and regulations related to transmission power. As a result of these necessary changes, users are not able to flash the current generation of open-source, third-party firmware. We are excited to see the creative ways members of the open-source community update the new firmware to meet their needs. However, TP-LINK does not offer any guarantees or technical support for customers attempting to flash any third-party firmware to their devices. Don't lose all your hopes yet. Developer Sebastian Gottschall, who works on DD-WRT Linux-based firmware, believes that TP-Link hasn't blocked third-party firmware. He adds, "Just the firmware header has been a little bit changed and a region code has been added. This has been introduced in September 2015. DD-WRT for instance does still provide compatible images... in fact it's no lock." Furthermore, Cisco insists that FCC's existing or proposed rules doesn't limit or eliminate the ability of a developer to use open source software.

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Hertz Had Sheriffs On Hand the Day It Cut IT
dcblogs writes: About 300 Hertz IT employees, most located in Oklahoma City, are being impacted [by] a decision to expand its outsourcing to IBM. About 75 will be hired by IBM and those workers [are expected] to receive offers this week while others are facing layoffs. The news was a shock for IT employees. There was "anger, resentment," especially by employees who "sacrificed that work/life balance to keep things going here," said one employee. Hertz took precautions. On the day that IT employees learned that their work was shifting to IBM, employees noticed Oklahoma sheriff patrol vehicles in the building's parking lot. They believed plainclothes officers were inside the building. "We consider the safety and security of our people whenever there are circumstances or events that could increase the risk of a disturbance or some form of workplace violence," said Bill Masterson, a Hertz spokesman. "Knowing that this was a difficult announcement, we had additional security on hand," said Masterson. "Going forward, Hertz IT resources will be focused on development of future products and services for customers," he said. The majority of services will be cloud-based. According to the Computerworld article, along with severance pay, benefits also include three months of outplacement assistance. IT employees can receive up to $4,000 toward retraining or skill certification, said Masterson. IBM India Private Limited, a IBM subsidiary, has filed paper for H-1B visa workers for Hertz Technology offices.

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The Source of All Major Android Banking Trojans Just Got Updated To V2
An anonymous reader writes: Apparently, during the past months it has started coming to the surface the fact that most top-tier Android malware was actually related, coming from a common malware variant called GM Bot, and sold for only $5,000 on underground hacking forums. Taking advantage of his new found glory, the coder behind that malware has now released a second version, three times the price of the first, complete with 3 exploits that can guarantee root access on older versions of Android (which are plenty thanks to [ignorant] OEMs and carriers). Some of the malware that originated from GM Bot includes: SimpleLocker (first crypto-ransomware for Android), AceCard (considered the most sophisticated Android malware to date), Bankosy and SlemBunk (banking trojan and backdoor), and Mazar Bot (banking trojan, backdoor and ransomware). To make things worse, GM Bot v1's source code also got leaked online, making it available to any halfwit developer that wants a crack at a cybercrime career.

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Intel's Optane SSD Compatible With NVMe; Could Boost MacBook Storage Speeds B...
More details have emerged about Intel's Optane, a new kind of memory and SSD that utilizes 3D Xpoint. The upcoming 3D Xpoint technology, which is supposedly 10 times denser than DRAM and 1,000 times faster than flash storage, will be compatible with NVMe, a storage protocol that allows an SSD to make effective use of a high-speed PCIe. Several MacBook Pro models already support NVMe technology. Apple is often among the first companies to adopt emerging standards and technologies, which has led many to believe that the Cupertino-based company might leverage Intel's Optane solid state drives for super fast performance speeds in its next batch of laptops. Apple is expected to announce the refreshed MacBook lineup sporting Intel Skylake processor later this year.

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Alpha Go Takes the Match, 3-0
mikejuk writes: Google's AlphaGo has won the Deep Mind Challenge, by winning the third match in a row of five against the 18-time world champion Lee Se-dol. AlphaGo is now the number three Go player in the world and this is an event that will be remembered for a long time. Most AI experts thought that it would take decades to achieve but now we know that we have been on the right track since the 1980s or earlier. AlphaGo makes use of nothing dramatically new — it learned to play Go using a deep neural network and reinforcement learning, both developments on classical AI techniques. We know now that we don't need any big new breakthroughs to get to true AI. The results of the final two games are going to be interesting but as far as AI is concerned the match really is all over.

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Start-Ups Follow Twitter, and Become Neighbors
Hoping some of Twitter’s success will rub off on them, start-ups jostle to rent offices in the same San Francisco building.

Obama?s Trade Strategy Runs Into Stiff Resistance
The resistance to President Obama?s approach puts him at odds with his key allies and largest trading partners on fundamental issues of economic strategy.

U.S. and South Korea Fail to Agree on Trade
President Obama and South Korea?s leader gave negotiators more time to work out differences over Korean imports of American autos and beef.

Wall St. Brings Its Misgivings to the World
The daylong Seoul G-20 Business Summit led to an unusual juxtaposition of corporate and world leaders, with some businessmen expressing concern for criticism aimed at them.

DealBook: Quants and Morgan Stanley to Part
Morgan Stanley and the quant team led by Peter Muller are negotiating a spinoff, the latest retreat from proprietary trading by a Wall Street firm.

Media Decoder: Tina Brown to Run Newsweek in Daily Beast Merger
Tina Brown is to become Newsweek’s editor after a long and sometimes frustrating search by Sidney Harman.

Japan?s Farmers Oppose Pacific Free-Trade Talks
The idea of a vast free-trade zone of Pacific countries pits Japan?s farmers, who benefit from tariffs, against the country?s exporters.

Britain to Tape Traders? Cell Phones to Fight Fraud
New rules would oblige financial services firms to record relevant employee communications made on their work cell phones.

Europe Stands By to Steady Ireland
The European Union stands ready to offer a financial lifeline to Ireland, an official said on Thursday, as bond investors apply pressure that threatens to derail Europe’s fragile economic recovery.

Stocks and Bonds: Wall Street Falls After Cisco Trims Its Outlook
A disappointing outlook from Cisco Systems rattled the market, as did a report that inflation rose in China in October at its fastest pace in more than two years.

Wheels: General Electric to Place Big Order for Chevrolet Volt
General Electric announced Thursday that it would buy 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015, including 12,000 from General Motors, starting with the Chevrolet Volt, which is a plug-in hybrid.

No Changes Now in Rules for Web Access in Europe
New rules are not needed to keep the Continent’s telecommunications companies from selectively managing Internet access, Europe decides.

BBC Journalists Call Off Strike
The journalists? union said the new talks were dependent on management?s dropping disciplinary action against three employees for a strike last week.

High & Low Finance: Fed Efforts to Revive Economy Find Critics
Ben S. Bernanke, the Fed chairman, may long for some of the praise that was once lavished on Alan Greenspan.

DealBook: Exploring Lenovo's Pathway to the Future
The computer maker has reminded investors that it is on the hunt for acquisitions, but some analysts are wondering how well-defined its strategy may be.

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Biting the hand that feeds IT


Using LinkedIn will land you a shiny new job ? like, er, CTO of Microsoft
Redmond decides we need to talk about Kevin

Microsoft has reinstated its overall CTO role for the first time in 17 years and hired Kevin Scott ? currently senior vice president of infrastructure with LinkedIn ? to do the job.?



Is Kubernetes a little too terrifying? Platform9 has a safe space for you
Think DevOps, without the work

Those daunted by the complexity of using Kubernetes to manage containerized applications can now outsource the work to Platform9.?



US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supr...
Message slurp faces scrutiny from America's highest judges

The US government has lost a legal appeal to have a critical case against Microsoft reheard, paving the way for a Supreme Court challenge.?



Yahoo! boo! hoo! hoo!: Verizon! hits! brakes! on! $4.8bn! biz! gobble!
And SEC probes three-year gap between data swipe and disclosure

Yahoo!'s sale to Verizon has been delayed, following revelations last year of historical data security breaches.?



We're not quitting the UK: Microsoft quashes Brexit fake news
Did I say that? Bullish MS man finds quotes ripped out of context

Microsoft has committed itself to the UK after comments by a manager were ripped out of context.?



UK courts experiencing surge in cyber-crime case load
Value of fraud surpasses 1bn for first time in five years

The total cost of fraudulent activity in the UK surpassed a billion pounds for the first time in five years, reaching 1.137bn in 2016 compared to 732m the year before.?



Verizon waves its IoT credentials, boasts of adopting US-centric one
And they're eyeing up the NHS as a customer for wearables

American telco Verizon reckons it's got a shot at being the next big Internet of Things player and might be eyeing up the NHS, the company's pet evangelist told IoT Tech Expo in London this morning.?



Jinn workers besiege delivery app co-founder to protest wage changes
Couriers allege their pay was slashed retrospectively

Unpaid workers for the "sharing economy" delivery outfit Jinn who claimed they hadn't been paid besieged the company's co-founder to demand their wages last week.?



Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228
Opens door to privilege escalation attacks

Some Linux distros will need to be updated following the discovery of an easily exploitable flaw in a core system management component.?



DDoSing has evolved in the vacuum left by IoT's total absence of security
Botnets' power level over 9,000 thanks to gaping vulnerabilities

IoT botnets have transformed the threat landscape, resulting in a big increase in the size of DDoS attacks from 500Gbps in 2015 up to 800Gbps last year.?



US Army's spun-off GPU database gets ready for more matrix operations
Also: We could rebuild Trump's social score, we have the technology

Kinetica, the in-memory GPU-accelerated database, is adding user-defined functions (UDFs) to contribute to more sophisticated analytic workloads.?



Irish townsfolk besieged by confused smut channel callers
Gov spokesperson promises Mr Ring he?ll get to the bottom of it

Residents of the picturesque town of Westport, County Mayo are being driven to distraction by their confused countrymen attempting to call UK-based late night smut channel Babestation sans international dialling code.?



Spun-out Nexsan now prowling the market for growth and acquisitions
The only way is up

Nexsan's sale to private equity has gone through and the company is now looking to drive organic and inorganic growth.?



Continuous Lifecycle London: Save over 25% with early bird tickets
Our best price for three days of DevOps, Containers, CD and Agile

REG EVENTS We're bringing some of the finest brains from the worlds of DevOps, Containers, Agile and Continuous Delivery to London in May, and if you're quick you can join us AND save over a quarter off the full-fat ticket price.?



'It will go wrong. There's no question of time... on safety or security side'
Cheerful chap writes off all mission-critical IoT software without realising it

"Software comes with two unique properties: it's basically impossible to inspect and test, and we don't know the sequencing of instructions at the basic level," Statoil's lead analyst for corporate IT digitalisation, Einar Landre, told today's IoT Tech Expo in London.?



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Steven Soderbergh's back from 'retirement' with Lucky Logan (slyt)

Progress is painfully uneven
Baltimore, 15 years after The Wire

The Observer visits Baltimore 15 years after The Wire ended and finds that the issues raised by the show haven't really gone away.

Photos of locations used in the show as they are today.


Education crisis in Oklahoma
"Of 513 school districts in Oklahoma, 96 have lopped Fridays or Mondays off their schedules ? nearly triple the number in 2015 and four times as many as in 2013. An additional 44 are considering cutting instructional days by moving to a four-day week in the fall or by shortening the school year." The 2018 state budget, which was sent to Governor Fallin this week, cuts $34 million from education. Here is Oklahoma's study: Analysis of Expenditures of Districts on a Four-Day School Week (PDF)

Australians behaving badly in Japan (Tokugawa-era)
Fresh translations of samurai accounts of the arrival of a "barbarian" ship near the Japanese town of Mugi have confirmed the legend of an Australian convict pirate ship visiting Japan in 1830.

The ship, the Cyprus, was hijacked by convicts on a journey from Hobart to Macquarie Harbour in 1829. The crew, led by one William Swallows, arrived in Japan in January 1830, driven there by a desperate need for water and supplies. A samurai, Hamaguchi Makita, was sent to investigate; he reported "an unbearable stench" around the ship, which was crewed by sailors with "long pointed noses" and balding heads whose speech sounded to him like "birds twittering". The skipper wore a scarlet woollen coat with golden embroidery and silver buttons and possibly a bird-shaped emblem on a sleeve. Another sailor's chest bore a tattoo of "the upper body of a beautiful woman", and there was a dog on the ship that "did not look like food. It looked like a pet". Hamaguchi and another samurai, Hirota, also produced watercolours of the ship and its crew.

The ship was soon forced to leave after regional authorities, noticing the Union Jack in paintings of it, ordered samurai to open fire on it; Japan had an isolationist policy at the time. It was later captured and the crew were tried, with two being the last men hanged for piracy in Britain. The crew's claims to have visited Japan were dismissed as fantasy, though lived on in Australian folk tales and ballads.


Read something
Need something to read on a Sunday? The story of Codes and Codebreakers in World War I is an interesting little chapter which is still less-known than the famous codebreaking effort of WWII. Maybe you're intrigued and want to read the whole online book, Codes, Ciphers and Codebreaking, or, if codes aren't your thing, maybe A History of the Telescope or Missions to the Planets or Elementary Chemistry or any of the other on Greg Goebel's Vectors site - dedicated to educational writings on science, technology, and history.

AlphaGo's farewell?
Lessons from AlphaGo: Storytelling, bias and program management "Over the past few days, AlphaGo has taken the world by storm once again. Over a week in Wuzhen, it beat the worlds' best player Ke Jie three times, a team of players from China, and finally lost a game (unavoidable, since it played against itself in a human pair-go match) ... In fact, the most interesting reveal happened only after the match, and that is when DeepMind released the first set of self-play games where AlphaGo played itself (similar to how it is trained in order to improved the AI). Those games were surprisingly non-human, so much so that it is not clear at a glance if the average human go player can learn anything from them. "

Medieval fantasy city generator
This application generates a random medieval city layout of a requested size. The generation method is rather arbitrary, the goal is to produce a nice looking map, not an accurate model of a city.

Meet Doormouse
Doormouse is a recent graduate of Kitten School, and the star of a series on how to tame a scared or feral kitten.

Part 1: Take Precautions.
Part 2: Building Trust.
Part 3: Hold and Release.
Part 4: From Panicked to Purring.
Part 5: Playtime!
Part 6: Hiding Kitten Problems.
Part 7: Happy Ending.


What book of the Bible is that from?
Dovahkin Damacy. Nick and Griffin explore Skyrim mods. The last ten minutes are genuinely, surprisingly, transcendant.

"Stephen Harper with a smile" wins Canadian Conservative leadership race
Earlier tonight, the Conservative Party of Canada brought its long leadership race (previously) to a close with the election of Andrew Scheer. Scheer is a social conservative who got his biggest boost of the night from supporters of anti-abortion candidates Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux, though Scheer, like Harper, appears to be uninterested in re-opening that debate.

The win was close: 51% to 49% on the last round of ranked-ballot counting over libertarian (and "Albertan from Quebec") Maxime Bernier. Presumably, Bernier's plans to eliminate agricultural supply management and get the federal government out of healthcare are out; a return to Harper's targeted tax breaks are in. A carbon tax, supported only by candidate Michael Chong, is definitely out.

Conservative fundraising did very well (warning: autoplay) during the leadership campaign.

Later this year, Canada's left-wing New Democratic Party will also choose a new leader.


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Bird's eye view
Dronestagram is like Instagram for -- you guessed it -- international drone photography and videos.

I need a helicopter
We're Poly Now , a music video by Chris Fleming.

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