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2nd Republican Enters Race For Presidency

NY Times - Duncan Hunter Feed - Fri, 12/26/2025 - 12:00am
California Republican Rep Duncan Hunter announces bid for presidency; career highlights; photo

The Three Faces of President Obama

NY Times - Barack Obama Feed - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 12:00am
As Vladimir Putin’s Crimean adventure plays out, what is the West to do?

Dems in Distress

NY Times - Barack Obama Feed - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 12:00am
Compared to the aloof Barry, desperate Democrats see the triangulating Bill Clinton as Mother Teresa.

Dems in Distress

NY Times - Barack Obama Feed - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 12:00am
Compared to the aloof Barry, desperate Democrats see the triangulating Bill Clinton as Mother Teresa.

Industry Tied to Letter Against New Wage

NY Times - Barack Obama Feed - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 12:00am
The Obama administration’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would prompt price increases or force layoffs, a restaurant association said.

Industry Tied to Letter Against New Wage

NY Times - Barack Obama Feed - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 12:00am
The Obama administration’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would prompt price increases or force layoffs, a restaurant association said.

Obama Factor Adds to Fears of Democrats

NY Times - Barack Obama Feed - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 12:00am
The president’s sinking ratings, a loss in a House election in Florida and millions of dollars spent by Republican-aligned groups attacking the new health law are complicating matters.

Obama Factor Adds to Fears of Democrats

NY Times - Barack Obama Feed - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 12:00am
The president’s sinking ratings, a loss in a House election in Florida and millions of dollars spent by Republican-aligned groups attacking the new health law are complicating matters.

Steam Controller Drops Touchscreen

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 3:51pm
An anonymous reader writes "Last year Valve announced a new game controller that was trying to innovate on the designs that have been with us for over a decade now. The biggest changes were replacing analog sticks with circular touchpads and plopping a small touchscreen into the middle of the controller. Valve has now revamped their prototype hardware, and the touchscreen is nowhere to be seen. In its place are stop/play buttons (which appear similar to start/select buttons) and a bigger Steam logo button. They've also moved around the directional and ABXY buttons, reverting to a more traditional layout (picture). They'll be demonstrating the latest prototype next week at GDC."

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Steam Controller Drops Touchscreen

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 3:51pm
An anonymous reader writes "Last year Valve announced a new game controller that was trying to innovate on the designs that have been with us for over a decade now. The biggest changes were replacing analog sticks with circular touchpads and plopping a small touchscreen into the middle of the controller. Valve has now revamped their prototype hardware, and the touchscreen is nowhere to be seen. In its place are stop/play buttons (which appear similar to start/select buttons) and a bigger Steam logo button. They've also moved around the directional and ABXY buttons, reverting to a more traditional layout (picture). They'll be demonstrating the latest prototype next week at GDC."

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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 2:50pm
An anonymous reader writes "Smithsonian Magazine has an article about one of the non-obvious effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown: dead organisms are not decomposing correctly. 'According to a new study (abstract) published in Oecologia, decomposers—organisms such as microbes, fungi and some types of insects that drive the process of decay—have also suffered from the contamination. These creatures are responsible for an essential component of any ecosystem: recycling organic matter back into the soil. Issues with such a basic-level process, the authors of the study think, could have compounding effects for the entire ecosystem.' The scientists took bags of fallen leaves to various areas around Chernobyl and found that locations with more radiation caused the leaves to retain more than half of their original weight after almost a year. They're now beginning to worry that almost three decades of dead brush buildup is contributing to the area's fire risk, and a large fire could distribute radioactive material beyond Chernobyl's exclusion zone."

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Rugby: Title for retiring Ireland star

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 2:40pm
Ireland gave Brian O'Driscoll a dramatic farewell to international rugby by clinching the Six Nations title with a tense 22-20 victory over France in Paris on Saturday.
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You Can't Kid a Kidder: Comcast's Cohen May Have Met His Match In FCC's Wheeler

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 1:45pm
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Comcast's top lobbyist, David Cohen, is known to be a savvy political operator, having pushed through the No. 1 U.S. cable operator's landmark acquisition of media giant NBC Universal in 2011. But Alina Selyukh And Liana B. Baker write at Reuters that although Comcast ranks among the top-ten corporate influencers in Washington, having spent $18.8 million on lobbying last year, Cohen may have met his match in Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. Wheeler headed the cable trade group from 1979 to 1984 and ran the wireless industry association from 1992 to 2004. Since taking over the FCC last November, however, Wheeler has not shied away from stances that have roiled past allies. Wheeler publicly expressed skepticism about a potential merger between wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile in one of his most attention-grabbing moves last February. 'You can't kid a kidder. Having been a lobbyist, he knows all their tricks,' says Blair Levin. Comcast will formally request an FCC review of the $45.2 billion Time Warner Cable deal later in March. Opponents say the combined company will have too much power over what Americans can watch on television and do online. As FCC chairman, Wheeler has publicly and repeatedly stated his 'unabashed' support for competition. Wheeler has also hired a heavyweight consumer advocate, Gigi Sohn, as a senior adviser. Colleagues of Wheeler, a published historian, also highlight his subject expertise. 'He knows these issues like the back of his hand,' says one FCC official who works with Wheeler. 'He knows how the business runs. He knows these people, he knows what they think and what policies they want.'"

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You Can't Kid a Kidder: Comcast's Cohen May Have Met His Match In FCC's Wheeler

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 1:45pm
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Comcast's top lobbyist, David Cohen, is known to be a savvy political operator, having pushed through the No. 1 U.S. cable operator's landmark acquisition of media giant NBC Universal in 2011. But Alina Selyukh And Liana B. Baker write at Reuters that although Comcast ranks among the top-ten corporate influencers in Washington, having spent $18.8 million on lobbying last year, Cohen may have met his match in Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. Wheeler headed the cable trade group from 1979 to 1984 and ran the wireless industry association from 1992 to 2004. Since taking over the FCC last November, however, Wheeler has not shied away from stances that have roiled past allies. Wheeler publicly expressed skepticism about a potential merger between wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile in one of his most attention-grabbing moves last February. 'You can't kid a kidder. Having been a lobbyist, he knows all their tricks,' says Blair Levin. Comcast will formally request an FCC review of the $45.2 billion Time Warner Cable deal later in March. Opponents say the combined company will have too much power over what Americans can watch on television and do online. As FCC chairman, Wheeler has publicly and repeatedly stated his 'unabashed' support for competition. Wheeler has also hired a heavyweight consumer advocate, Gigi Sohn, as a senior adviser. Colleagues of Wheeler, a published historian, also highlight his subject expertise. 'He knows these issues like the back of his hand,' says one FCC official who works with Wheeler. 'He knows how the business runs. He knows these people, he knows what they think and what policies they want.'"

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F1: Shock front-row spot for Red Bull

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 1:31pm
There will be a Red Bull on the front row of the grid for Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix -- but it's not four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.
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F1: Shock front-row spot for Red Bull

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 1:31pm
There will be a Red Bull on the front row of the grid for Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix -- but it's not four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.
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Football: Anelka sacked for quitting

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 1:30pm
French soccer star Nicolas Anelka has decided to quit English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion following his punishment for making a controversial "quenelle" gesture.
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Dramatic day for World Cup ski champ

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 1:29pm
Marcel Hirscher may have come away from Sochi without a Winter Olympics gold medal, but the Austrian has confirmed his reputation as the most consistent men's skier on the World Cup circuit.
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:43pm
Snirt writes "A new study (PDF) sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilization could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Noting that warnings of 'collapse' are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that 'the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.' Cases of severe civilizational disruption due to 'precipitous collapse — often lasting centuries — have been quite common.' They say, 'Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the scale of resource extraction, so that, absent policy effects, the increases in consumption often compensate for the increased efficiency of resource use.' After running simulations on the survivability of various types of civilizations, the researchers found that for the type most resembling ours, 'collapse is difficult to avoid.'"

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Tennis: Li shrugs off shock semi loss

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:27pm
For Li Na, it was no big deal. For Flavia Pennetta, it was one of the most important victories of her tennis career.
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