Grand Canyon tourists exposed to radiation, safety manager says
One of the buckets was so full that its lid would not close.

Stephenson said the containers were stored next to a taxidermy exhibit, where children on tours sometimes stopped for presentations, sitting next to uranium for 30 minutes or more. By his calculation, those children could have received radiation dosages in excess of federal safety standards within three seconds, and adults could have suffered dangerous exposure in less than a half-minute.
nukes  oops  uranium  buckets 
2 hours ago
Using DNA Databases To Find Your Distant Relatives? So Is The FBI.
People of European ancestry are more likely to be identified through the data, Erlich said, since the home testing kits have so far been more popular among whites than minorities in the US // ironic
privacy  genes  database  ironic  surveillance 
2 hours ago
SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket one year later business case
The manifest for Falcon Heavy has grown to five contracted missions, including three commercial missions. While only one has a known price tag – a $130 million contract to launch the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite – the rocket's manifest is worth somewhere between $500 million and $750 million, given the price range per launch.

That means Falcon Heavy has enough contracts to cover the cost of its development, which was more than $500 million,
rockets  elonmusk  spacex 
3 hours ago
Hunter Stires on Twitter: "Destroyed in the fires of Cavite was the bulk of the Asiatic Fleet's torpedo stores--the main weapon with which its submarines hoped to repel the Japanese amphibious expeditions underway for Luzon. This loss proved a handicap fo
Interesting thought: the air-and-subs plan was very similar to the eventual plan for Malaya. neither were executed (from the UK side, because the forces were tied up fighting Germany and Italy, from the US side, because Dugout Doug dropped the ball). but submarines were effective!
singapore  malaya  philippines  ww2  submarines  macarthur 
3 hours ago
30 MPs Discussed Quitting Labour, But The Chaos Of The New Independent Group Turned Them Off
Several MPs including Chris Leslie and ringleader Chuka Umunna hope to be at the forefront of a new “centrist” party modelled on Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche.

“They do not get on, they do not agree on fundamentals, there are personality clashes and they cannot do the basics,” a figure who has worked with the group complained.
tiggers 
5 hours ago
La guerre, une chose trop sérieuse pour la laisser … faire par ceux qui ne la connaissent plus ? | Défense et sécurité
Oui, l’ennemi a été détruit mais seulement en partie malgré les déclarations d’efficacité se référant essentiellement à des estimations statistiques et non à une réelle évaluation sur le terrain, donc au contact.
Non, l’ennemi n’a pas été atteint dans sa volonté de se battre. Le colonel Legrier souligne l’avantage informationnel au niveau stratégique acquis par le groupe terroriste « état islamique ». Celui-ci a su construire un environnement informationnel favorable au niveau international : l’occident a peur d’engager ses soldats et de devoir justifier des pertes ; l’occident a peur de l’influence des dommages collatéraux potentiels sur ses opinions publiques.
hajin 
5 hours ago
No, 'Oumuamua is not an alien spaceship. It might be even weirder. | SYFY WIRE
Materials made in a fractal pattern can be very porous, and in fact out in that protoplanetary disk around a young star, physical models show that objects can grow fractally until they're as big as ‘Oumuamua, and have those extremely low densities needed to account for its weird behavior.
oumuamua  space  astronomy  science  snowflake 
20 hours ago
La voie de l'épée: La bataille d’Hajin : victoire tactique, défaite stratégique ? Un article remarquable du colonel Légrier.
Il ne nous a fallu que quelques semaines pour détruire sur l’ensemble du nord Mali les bases d’un ennemi du même volume supérieur à l’EI à Hajin. Nous avons à l’époque accepté d’avoir sept morts au combat. Est-ce la peur d’un enlisement ? Soyons sérieux. Si le politique le décide, un ou quatre GTIA, comme au Mali, peuvent se dégager aussi vite qu’on les engage. Ce n’est pas un problème technique, c’est juste une décision politique.
hajin  strategy  to_blog 
21 hours ago
La bataille d’Hajin : victoire tactique, défaite stratégique ? | Réseau International
Il faut donc rappeler avec le général Desportes que la victoire militaire doit toujours être pensée au prisme de son objectif politique et qu’elle ne peut se passer d’un engagement au contact : « La guerre à distance est un leurre : elle produit un effet militaire mais pas d’effet politique. La “projection de puissance”, c’est-à-dire la projection de destruction, sans “projection de forces”, de soldats sur le terrain ne fonctionne pas ; elle détruit sans maîtriser la reconstruction et crée le chaos. Il y a une vraie illusion de l’efficience aérienne : certes, elle permet quelques économies initiales mais elle ne conduit jamais au résultat espéré. À la fin des fins, il est toujours nécessaire, d’une manière ou d’une autre, de contrôler l’espace. »
hajin  syria  strategy  to_blog 
21 hours ago
His iPad Pro was bent. An Apple Genius found a sneaky way to get it replaced | ZDNet
"Partners and Apple Authorized Service Providers are graded and compensated according to metrics, including No Trouble Found. If the reported symptoms are not present and reproducible it will negatively impact the partner," said one with apparent insider knowledge // Apple's crushing of the channel is incredibly savage and they seem to have got away with it
apple  ipad  service  support  channel  ovum 
23 hours ago
You have around 20 minutes to contain a Russian APT attack | ZDNet
CrowdStrike says Russian hackers (which the company calls internally "Bears") have been the most prolific and efficient hacker groups last year, with an average breakout time of 18 minutes and 49 seconds.

They're followed by North Korean groups (Chollimas) with two hours and 20 minutes, Chinese hacker groups (Pandas) with four hours, Iranians (Kittens) with five hours and nine minutes, and cybercrime gangs (Spiders) with roughly nine hours and 42 minutes.
security  apt28  crowdstrike  russia 
23 hours ago
Excl: Formby’s email to MPs deals with complaints in full – but reminds them of proper party procedure | The SKWAWKBOX
The 200 examples do not relate to 200 separate individuals. They relate to 111 individuals reported of whom only 20 were members // so we're now meant to have universal jurisdiction over every dog on the Internet
labour 
yesterday
In Central Asia’s forbidding highlands, a quiet newcomer: Chinese troops  
They also sought to gauge Russia’s reaction with questions: How would Moscow view China’s move into its traditional sphere of influence? Would it be more palatable if China deployed private mercenaries instead of uniformed men?
china  russia  afghanistan  tajikistan  201strifle 
yesterday
Study of Brazil favela stricken by Zika shows dengue may protect against virus | Global development | The Guardian
“People who were exposed to dengue before had antibodies and those antibodies protected them from Zika.”
brazil  zika  dengue 
yesterday
AI winter is well on its way – Piekniewski's blog
it is striking that the system spent long seconds trying to decide what exactly it sees in front (whether that be a pedestrian, bike, vehicle or whatever else) rather than making the only logical decision in these circumstances, which was to make sure not to hit it. There are several reasons for it: first, people will often verbalize their decisions post factum. So a human will typically say: "I saw a cyclist therefore I veered to the left to avoid him". Huge amount of psychophysical literature will suggest a quite different explanation: a human saw something which was very quickly interpreted as a obstacle by fast perceptual loops of his nervous systems and he performed a rapid action to avoid it, long seconds later realizing what happened and providing a verbal explanation". T
machinelearning  pragmatic  bubble2  aiwinter 
yesterday
Tempest’s unmanned ‘loyal wingmen’ to be carrier capable | Jane's 360
so the 'bots go to sea but not the jet? does that mean they will be integrated on the F-35B? having them launch from the carrier and RV with a land-based strike package seems unlikely in terms of endurance. or is Tempest going to be a sea jet?
tempest  uav  carrier  aviation  procurement 
yesterday
Yesterday’s People
As recently as 2016, Umunna was retweeting and praising articles by Rutherford arguing that a “pro-EU” direction would be a “disaster” for Labour and attacking “liberal progressive politics”. Yet, by October of last year, Umunna was arguing that “progressive politics was back.” It remains to be seem which of these postures he feels is most profitable in the longer term.
tiggers  chuka  politics 
yesterday
What’s Pink and Pinstriped and Digests Wood? This New Shipworm - The New York Times
“Some shipworms have as many as ten different symbiont species,” Dr. Distel said.
shipworm  science  symbiosis 
2 days ago
Are Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms being binned? - BBC News
Nigel Edwards, the influential chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, believes a "significant unpicking" of Mr Lansley's reforms is on the cards and in time they will be judged as "one of the most major public policy failures" of all time.

If that is the case, it begs the question: why did the government go to all the trouble of pushing ahead with them in the first place?
nhs  tories  blob 
2 days ago
Hidden Champions: Why are German companies so good at weirdly specific things?
Specialization is key, Simon says, and hidden champions often control most of their supply chain, only relying on suppliers when absolutely necessary. These kinds of specialists work closely with clients to find solutions for their needs, which helps these firms create better products.
hiddenchampions  sme  ovum  mittelstand 
2 days ago
The Limitations of Deep Learning for Vision and How We Might Fix Them
Datasets used to train autonomous vehicles almost never contain babies sitting in the road // a very interesting point - including the unexpected events you need in the training dataset implies a combinatorial explosion in the size of the dataset. one way out is building compositional models that seem closer to natural intelligence but although it's not stated here, this brings you back to the standard problems of classical AI
machinelearning  selfdrivingcar  ai  to_blog 
2 days ago
David Roberts on Twitter: "Also, what's wrong with just taking California's example national? The state is targeting 60% renewable electricity by 2030, 100% zero-emissions electricity by 2045. It's using old-fashioned energy portfolio standards, which are
The state is targeting 60% renewable electricity by 2030, 100% zero-emissions electricity by 2045. It's using old-fashioned energy portfolio standards, which are tested & proven. Why reinvent the wheel?
climate  energy 
2 days ago
Theresa May defeated on Brexit again as ERG Tories abstain | Politics | The Guardian
Labour sources said panicking Conservative whips had discussed the possibility with them of accepting a Labour motion and voting with the opposition in order to avoid an embarrassing defeat. Ultimately, however, they decided to accept a humiliating loss rather than appear to join forces with the opposition.
brexit  tories 
2 days ago
Housing First – Why, without doubt, it CANNOT work in the UK – Speye Joe
It kind of depends on having the housing. Also, relearning the lessons of the 1990s..
homeless  housing 
4 days ago
How Did Israeli Elections Get So Racist? – The Forward
Campaign ads seem to be competing over which candidate has killed the most Palestinians.
Israel  Palestine  racism 
4 days ago
List of examples of Stigler's law - Wikipedia
Stigler's law, which was of course not discovered by Stigler
stigler  science 
4 days ago
Where Do New Languages Come From? - The Crux
Languages are being created as well as lost
language 
4 days ago
Artificial Intelligence Finds Ancient ‘Ghosts’ in Modern DNA | Quanta Magazine
The team then set the artificial intelligence loose to infer the histories that best fit actual genomic data. Eventually, the system concluded that a previously unidentified human group had also contributed to the ancestry of people of Asian descent. // I think there is a logical flaw here
Genetics  machinelearning  Science  to_BLOG 
4 days ago
New FBI Study Shows Mass Shooters Aren’t Loners Who Suddenly Just Snap – Mother Jones
Useful. But I can't stand the lobbyist-stew legislation with stupid acronym names any more
psychology  security  massacre  guns 
4 days ago
about:reader?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fnews%2Farticle-4567814%2FThe-maverick-Eton-master-called-pupils-thickheads.html
Not just *a* generation of swine, *the* generation of swine - the process by which swine are generated
eton  Brexit  Tories  to_BLOG 
4 days ago
The Dawn of the Little Red Phone | China Media Project
Oh Jesus, DAUs and video views as the organising principle of a totalitarian society. Wait 'til they find each other out though
China  surveillance  to_BLOG 
4 days ago
AT&T details expansion plans for 5G NR service
Flannigan said, “Wireless connectivity is really everything in our industry in terms of people really just don’t want to wire things anymore. Nobody is plugging in anymore.”
att  5g  ovum 
4 days ago
The Open Notebook – Decolonizing Science Writing in South Africa
I described Ledumahadi mafube as a creature of elephant-like size and shape, with a head and neck resembling a stiff, tiny-headed snake and a tail resembling that of a monitor lizard. (I promise, it sounds epic in Zulu.)
language  science  zulu 
4 days ago
Collective behaviour and swarm intelligence in slime moulds | FEMS Microbiology Reviews | Oxford Academic
Physarum polycephalum exhibits the same kind of economically irrational behaviour as has been described in humans
slimemould  cybernetics  economics  slug  flocking  Twitter 
4 days ago
Donald Trump and the Weaponization of Gossip | The New Republic
There’s a further advantage for Trump in aligning himself with yellow journalism. The tabloids offer a sordid vision of society, where the mainstream image of celebrities elides their secretly miserable lives (whether because of addiction, aging, infidelity, or bankruptcy). In this nihilistic world, everyone is corrupt and every public statement is a lie. And if everyone is equally bad and untrustworthy, there’s no reason to hold Trump to any higher standard.
tabloid  trump  Murdoch 
4 days ago
Book review of The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew G. McCabe - The Washington Post
Trump dismissed the missile launch as a “hoax,” McCabe writes. “He thought that North Korea did not have the capability to launch such missiles. He said he knew this because Vladimir Putin had told him so.”
trump  Russia  norks  rockets 
4 days ago
Gloria De Piero is wrong: there’s nothing socialist about opposing free movement
some European countries – notably the UK after Brexit – are seeking to re-impose the “hukou”
hukou  Brexit 
4 days ago
What Happened When I Bought A Home With Sunrun Solar Panels
Sunrun finances its initial costs by taking on debt and raising capital from what are called tax equity investors. Only a few dozen companies have the appetite for tax credits and financial sophistication to be in this pool, including Google, JPMorgan Chase, and General Electric, says Joe Osha, an analyst who covers energy technology at JMP Securities LLC. They invest in Sunrun not to generate significant cash returns but to reap tax benefits
solar  finance  esco  iot  ovum 
5 days ago
Belgian Counterintelligence Chief Suspected of Spying for Russia
Clement Vandenborre, counterintelligence head in Belgium’s intelligence service, has been placed under house arrest over suspicions that he might have spied for Russia
belgium  spook  russia 
5 days ago
Blanket bans on Chinese tech companies like Huawei make no sense | Financial Times
We should accept that China will be a global tech power in the future and start managing the risk now, rather than pretending the west can sit out China’s technological rise.
sense  huawei  cesg 
5 days ago
In 2017, the feds said Tesla Autopilot cut crashes 40%—that was bogus | Ars Technica
NHTSA's analysis was so incompetent that it's quite possible Tesla's data people had no idea how to reproduce it
selfdrivingcar  badstatistics 
5 days ago
Corbyn to hold Brexit talks with Barnier and Verhofstadt next week | Politics | The Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn is set to hold talks in Brussels next week with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, as he seeks to break the Brexit impasse and persuade Theresa May to sign up to a customs union.
corbyn  brexit 
5 days ago
Juniper tries to lure elusive service providers with network routers for 5G | FierceWireless
Unlike prior network upgrades that focused on the core, Juniper anticipates that 5G will drive more transformation in the edge and especially in the metro. “True transformation is going to start there and move into the core," he said. "Because of this shift to 5G and moving content closer to the consumers, a lot of traffic is going to reside in the metro."
5g  ovum  mec 
5 days ago
The surprising truth about Brexit Britain - we're a country full of moderates | Adrian Chiles | Opinion | The Guardian
The sobering thing for me was the realisation that I only heard these moderate voices because I was stuck with them – this being the whole point of the programme, to go back to those I had heard from before. In the normal run of things they wouldn’t have made the cut and they would never have got on air. What good is a moderate, considered voice in a news vox pop? If I had been doing a radio phone-in and one of this lot had been put through to me, I’d be mouthing annoyance through the glass at my producer, asking what they were playing at.
society  brexit  journalism  shouting 
5 days ago
Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?
Answer: quite possibly not, so they definitely ought to wind their necks in about brains!
6502  chips  brains  science  humility 
6 days ago
Administration Readies Order to Keep China Out of Wireless Networks - The New York Times
But other people briefed on the effort said the administration wanted to complete its trade negotiations with China before introducing the order.
huawei  china  5g  trump 
6 days ago
Gombe Chimpanzee War - Wikipedia
The outbreak of the war came as a disturbing shock to Goodall, who had previously considered chimpanzees to be, although similar to human beings, "rather 'nicer'" in their behavior
chimp  monkey  violence 
6 days ago
Polling, Labour and the don’t knows – Paula Surridge – Medium
Taken together with the evidence that there are far fewer undecided ex-Labour voters now than there were at the start of the 2017 campaign. This means that Labour has to win more voters from elsewhere (most likely Liberal Democrats and Conservatives), rather than reconnecting with its own undecided ex-supporters.
labour  polls 
7 days ago
James R. McManus, 84, Last of the Hell’s Kitchen Bosses, Dies - The New York Times
“The trouble is that some of these reform politicians think they have a right to vote their conscience,” he said. “In this neighborhood, we think that when you’re elected you have to vote the way the people want you to vote.”
politics  newyork  tammany 
7 days ago
Rakuten backs vRAN provider ahead of Japan launch - Mobile World Live
Rakuten announced plans to invest in US-based virtualised RAN (vRAN) vendor Altiostar, as the internet giant pressed-on with plans to launch a mobile network using vRAN in Japan in October.
vran  rakuten  altiostar  ovum  5g 
7 days ago
Short EV Account: History Repeats Itself – Causes and Consequences of Electoral Violence: Evidence from England and Wales, 1832–1914
unknown persons attaching party colours to innocent bystanders without their knowledge was not without precedent. Death as a result of this was also repeated
electionriot 
7 days ago
"Everybody Fights. Nobody Quits". Retention & Reward in the Armed Forces. | Thin Pinstriped Line
This sounds like heresy, but arguably the history of the Royal Navy since WW2 is that of failing to adequately retain enough technical personnel to keep the fleet at sea. For large periods of time the shortage of trained personnel saw ships paid off and scrapped rather than kept in commission.
personnel  defence  maritime  givethemthemoney 
7 days ago
Small business lending slips as wary bosses avoid debt | Business | The Sunday Times
Net lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) shrank to £500m, compared with £700m in 2017
sme  Brexit  ovum 
8 days ago
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