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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 06, 2015 The retirement debate: Stay at the bench, or make way for the next generation: When and how to exit research has become a charged issue in science.
QUOTE: Out of concern that this greying scientific workforce is limiting the availability of grants and jobs for young scientists, the NIH this year proposed a solution: an 'emeritus' award to encourage senior scientists to wind down their research and hand projects over to junior faculty members. It was met with overwhelming disapproval....The issues faced by older scientists can vary dramatically by country...
Nature Oct 23, 2012 Italian scientists resign over L'Aquila quake verdicts
QUOTE: Earthquake experts worldwide expressed shock at the manslaughter convictions of six Italian scientists who failed to predict the deadly L'Aquila quake, warning that the decision could severely harm future research. Two scientists resigned their posts with the government's disaster preparedness agency Tuesday after a court in L'Aquila sentenced six scientists and a government official to six years in prison.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 05, 2012 We must be open about our mistakes: Greater transparency about the scientific process and a closer focus on correcting defective data are the way forward
QUOTE: The scientific community must be diligent in highlighting abuses, develop greater transparency and accessibility for its work, police research more effectively and exemplify laudable behaviour. This includes encouraging more open debate about misconduct and malpractice, exposing our dirty laundry and welcoming external examination....Peer pressure is a powerful tool — but only if peers are aware of infractions and bad practice.
Nature Jun 25, 2011 It’s Science, but Not Necessarily Right
QUOTE: science fixes its mistakes more slowly, more fitfully and with more difficulty than Sagan’s words would suggest...Why? One simple answer is that it takes a lot of time to look back over other scientists’ work and replicate their experiments. Scientists are busy people, scrambling to get grants and tenure. As a result, papers that attract harsh criticism may nonetheless escape the careful scrutiny required if they are to be refuted.
New York Times Apr 15, 2011 U.S. Cracks Down on Online Gambling
QUOTE: Prosecutors charged that the operators of Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and Absolute Poker tricked banks into processing billions of dollars in payments from customers in the United States... The defendants “concocted an elaborate criminal fraud scheme, alternately tricking some U.S. banks and effectively bribing others to assure the continued flow of billions in illegal gambling profits.”
New York Times Apr 11, 2011 7 dirty consultant tricks (and how to avoid them)
QUOTE: Among their (IT consultants) favorite tricks: Using "scope change" to line their pockets, claiming expertise they do not actually possess, promising you their superstars and then sending in the rookies, purposely delaying decisions and sowing confusion as they rack up billable hours, and collecting kickbacks from other service providers. The worst ones may even hold your company's intellectual property or systems hostage until you pay up.
InfoWorld Apr 07, 2011 Once the hobby of tech geeks, iPhone jailbreaking now a lucrative industry
QUOTE: Within minutes, the computer science major can download code onto his customers’ iPhones and fling open the portal to an alternative world of apps and software that Apple condemns... The practice has now evolved into a lucrative industry with millions of consumers.
Washington Post Apr 06, 2011 An Attack Sheds Light on Internet Security Holes
QUOTE: Governments that control certificate authorities and hackers who break into their systems can issue certificates for any site at will.
New York Times Apr 04, 2011 Black-Market Trinkets From Space
QUOTE: An illegal sales market has boomed — much to the dismay of the people who want to study (the meteorites) and the countries that consider them national treasures... (Dr. Di Martino) and other members of the Gebel Kamil crater discovery team (who initially found the meteorites)... don’t have the money to buy them on the flourishing black market.
New York Times Mar 26, 2011 It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know
QUOTE: We are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not... Unlike many online services and Web sites that must send “cookies” to a user’s computer to try to link its traffic to a specific person, cellphone companies simply have to sit back and hit “record...” In the United States, telecommunication companies do not have to report precisely what material they collect.
New York Times Mar 13, 2011 Poker Bots Invade Online Gambling
QUOTE: Mr. Jetter said that Full Tilt had seized more than $50,000 of his customers’ money, a figure that he called a “conservative estimate..." Last year, after it was tipped off by Mr. Taylor, (PokerStars) found 10 bots and returned more than $57,000 to players who had lost money to them.
New York Times Mar 13, 2011 Amazon Pressured on Sales Tax
QUOTE: “It’s a time-honored custom to not pay taxes,” said Susan Combs... “A lot of people try not to, but it’s up to the state to make sure that there’s tax fairness..." “I think it puts all retailers at a disadvantage,” William R. Harker... said of Amazon’s sales tax obligations. “What we and other retailers are looking for is for the playing field to be level.”
New York Times Feb 22, 2011 Google Faces New Antitrust Charges in Europe
QUOTE: Google faced new accusations on Tuesday that it was blocking a smaller European search service by restricting the use of its powerful system for attracting advertisers.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 A Benchmark of Progress, Electrical Grid Fails Iraqis
QUOTE: From the beginning of the war more than seven years ago, the state of electricity has been one of the most closely watched benchmarks of Iraq’s progress, and of the American effort to transform a dictatorship into a democracy. And yet, as the American combat mission — Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the Pentagon’s argot — officially ends this month, Iraq’s government still struggles to provide one of the most basic services.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 Nuclear Forensics Skill Is Declining in U.S., Report Says
QUOTE: “Although U.S. nuclear forensics capabilities are substantial and can be improved, right now they are fragile, underresourced and, in some respects, deteriorating,” the report warns. “Without strong leadership, careful planning and additional funds, these capabilities will decline.”
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 The Web Means the End of Forgetting
QUOTE: So much of what we say, and of what others say about us, goes into our permanent — and public — digital files. The fact that the Internet never seems to forget is threatening, at an almost existential level, our ability to control our identities; to preserve the option of reinventing ourselves and starting anew; to overcome our checkered pasts.
New York Times Mar 02, 2010 Scientists Taking Steps to Defend Work on Climate
QUOTE: For months, climate scientists have taken a vicious beating in the media and on the Internet, accused of hiding data, covering up errors and suppressing alternate views...Tentatively and grudgingly, they are beginning to engage their critics, admit mistakes, open up their data and reshape the way they conduct their work.
New York Times Sep 15, 2009 Cracking the Spine of Libel (The wild Side)
QUOTE: English libel laws create particular difficulties for science journalists. Science, after all, is about evaluating evidence. Science journalism, sometimes, requires pointing out when evidence is weak or absent.
New York Times Aug 19, 2009 Writing style fingerprint tool easily fooled
QUOTE: Historians, literary detectives and even courts of law rely on methods that identify the author of a text by their writing style. But a new study suggests that some of these so-called stylometry techniques are easily fooled...
New Scientist Aug 07, 2009 Bits: Twitter Attack Said to Be Aimed at Blogger
QUOTE: The meltdown was directed at a single blogger who has voiced his support for the Republic of Georgia in that country’s continuing conflict with Russia....In an interview with The Guardian, the blogger said he believed the strike was an attempt to silence his criticism on the behavior of Russia in the conflict over the South Ossetia region in Georgia, which began a year ago on Friday.
New York Times Jul 30, 2009 File Sharing Leaks Sensitive Federal Data, Lawmakers Are Told
QUOTE: The information is often exposed inadvertently by people who download the technology to share music or other files, not realizing that the "peer-to-peer" software also makes the contents of their computers available to other users, experts said....Robert Boback said the use of such software is being exploited by foreign governments for espionage and other purposes.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2009 TierneyLab: Software That Cares
QUOTE: The specter of intelligent machines seems to draw passionate comments from every direction. This weekend I had an intriguing discussion with a well-known Internet figure who felt that my article sensationalized the idea that job loss might be a consequence of A.I. or automation. Buthe also felt that society needs to rethink its view of the value of work.
New York Times Jul 22, 2009 FDA Cautions Public About Electronic Cigarettes
QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration said a new type of "smokeless" nicotine product detected carcinogens and a chemical used in antifreeze that is toxic to humans. Officials at the FDA and other public health experts cautioned consumers against using the products, saying that the health effects of electronic cigarettes are unknown.
Washington Post Jul 21, 2009 Doctor's Orders: Want Treatment? Just Sign This No-Complaint Contract . . .
QUOTE: As a defensive measure, some physicians are requiring patients to sign broad agreements that prohibit online postings or commentary in any media outlet "without prior written consent." Critics call the documents gag orders. Many experts say they are both unethical and unenforceable.
Washington Post Jul 12, 2009 At Swoopo, Shopping's Steep Spiral Into Addiction
QUOTE: Someone's beaten you to it: the folks at Swoopo.com. It's an online auction site that fiendishly plays on every irrational impulse buyers have to draw them in to what might be the crack cocaine of online shopping sites.
Washington Post Jul 11, 2009 Rosetta Stone Sues Google Over Trademarks in Searches
QUOTE: Rosetta Stone, the Arlington language-learning software firm, said yesterday it has filed a lawsuit against Google for trademark infringement, alleging the Internet search giant allowed other companies to use Rosetta Stone's trademark brand for online advertisements without permission.
Washington Post Jul 08, 2009 Funding Bill for Start-Ups Criticized: Venture Capitalists, Firms at Odds Over Who Should Get Grants
QUOTE: Dozens of executives from small technology firms descended on the halls of Capitol Hill yesterday to protest a proposed change to a popular government program that they say is crucial to their survival during tough economic times....But the bill has sparked a debate over whether companies that have received venture capital financing should also be eligible for federal grants, which has so far been reserved for start-ups without large investors.
Washington Post Jul 07, 2009 Rules on Stem Cell Research Are Eased: More Lines Eligible For Federal Funding
QUOTE: The use of embryonic stem cells was not prohibited under the Bush administration, but federal funding was limited to a very small number of stem cell lines, which choked off most research. The new guidelines, issued by the National Institutes of Health, permit federal funding for research using many of the approximately 700 embryonic stem cell lines that are believed to be in existence. In a move that drew praise from advocates of stem cell research and bitter criticism from opponents, the NIH said it will allow the use of any existing stem cell line that was created ethically.
Washington Post Jul 07, 2009 Key Senator Backs Telecom Probe: Concerns Grow in Congress Over Cellphone Carriers' Practices
QUOTE: He called for the Justice Department to closely scrutinize future mergers and to investigate whether dominant cellphone carriers are stifling competition in violation of antitrust laws. Over the past three years, the number of national wireless carriers has dropped to four from seven, and the top four carriers serve nine out of 10 cellphone users.
Washington Post Jul 04, 2009 Dismissal of MySpace Case 'Proper,' Defendant Says
QUOTE: A Missouri mother said she never should have been prosecuted for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old girl who ended up committing suicide. A federal judge this week acquitted Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization, finding that the law she allegedly violated was unconstitutionally vague. U.S. District Judge George Wu stressed that the ruling is tentative until he issues it in writing.
Washington Post Jul 03, 2009 U.S. Joins Whistleblower Suit Alleging SAIC Rigged Contract
QUOTE: SAIC, one of the Pentagon's largest contractors, conspired with federal officials to rig a $3.2 billion technology contract and tried to cover up the scheme by destroying documents and electronic records....The whistleblower suit alleges that the request for proposals was crafted to make it virtually impossible for any company besides SAIC to win.
Washington Post Jul 02, 2009 Cybersecurity Plan to Involve NSA, Telecoms: DHS Officials Debating The Privacy Implications
QUOTE: But the program has provoked debate within DHS, the officials said, because of uncertainty about whether private data can be shielded from unauthorized scrutiny, how much of a role NSA should play and whether the agency's involvement in warrantless wiretapping during George W. Bush's presidency would draw controversy.
Washington Post Jul 02, 2009 Hard Line on Inmate Cellphones: Md. Prisons Seek to Jam Signals; Industry Warns of Effect on Regular Users
QUOTE: But jamming cellphone signals, except when carried out by some federal agencies, is illegal in the United States. The wireless industry has resisted calls to revisit that prohibition, saying jamming is inexact and could interfere with service to legitimate users.
Washington Post Jul 01, 2009 Radio Ratings Get More Scrutiny: Lawmakers Question Accuracy of Arbitron Data on Minorities
QUOTE: The new system has caused turmoil in the radio industry; many stations that were popular under the former system have seen their ratings plummet under the new one. Arbitron says the devices give advertisers a more accurate and detailed look at a radio station's audience size, but some radio companies are complaining that the PPM service fails to include minority listeners.
Washington Post Jun 30, 2009 Government Launches Web Site to Track IT Spending
QUOTE: The site is the latest effort by Kundra and the Office of Management and Budget to make data about the government's projects and performance visible to the public. Citizens and Web developers can parse the data, combine it with other data sets and publish the results on Web feeds or their Facebook profiles. The data also show which contracts were won through a competitive process or in a no-bid method, which has been criticized by good-government advocates for excluding firms from business opportunities.
Washington Post Jun 30, 2009 Blood Samples Raise Questions of Privacy: Some Samples Are Stored and Used For Research Without Parents' Consent
QUOTE: The programs enable doctors to save lives and prevent permanent neurological damage by diagnosing and treating the conditions early. Although parents are usually informed about the tests and often can opt out if they object for religious and other reasons, many give it little thought in the rush and exhaustion of a birth. And parents are generally not asked for permission to store the samples or use them for research.
Washington Post Jun 27, 2009 Obama Seeks Input on Classification of Records
QUOTE: The Declassification Policy Forum is the latest effort by the White House to include citizens in the policymaking process.....Noveck said she expects to hear from librarians, archivists and other record management experts that government officials would not otherwise consult.
Washington Post Jun 27, 2009 Authoritarian Regimes Censor News From Iran
QUOTE: pro-democracy protests that appeared to inspire and energize one another broke out in Eastern Europe, Burma, China and elsewhere. Not all evolved into full-fledged revolutions, but communist regimes fell in a broad swath of countries, and the global balance of power shifted. A similar infectiousness has shown up in subtle acts of defiance by democracy advocates around the world this week.
Washington Post Jun 26, 2009 N.Y. to Pay for Eggs for Stem Cell Research: Policy Is a First Among States; Critics Fear That Women Will Be Exploited
QUOTE: New York has become the first state to allow taxpayer-funded researchers to pay women for giving their eggs for embryonic stem cell research, a move welcomed by many scientists but condemned by critics who fear it will lead to the exploitation of vulnerable women....But the field is highly controversial, largely because the cells are derived by destroying days-old embryos, a process some consider the equivalent of killing a person.
Washington Post Jun 25, 2009 U.S. Presses China on Censorship: Senior Officials Object to New Filter-Software Requirement
QUOTE: U.S. officials are pressuring the Chinese government to shelve a proposed rule that would require all computers shipped in China to be equipped with Web-filtering software, citing concerns that the order may violate China's commitments under the World Trade Organization.
Washington Post Jun 24, 2009 DHS to Cut Police Access to Spy-Satellite Data: Democrat Calls Bush Program 'Ill-Conceived'
QUOTE: President George W. Bush's top intelligence and homeland security officials authorized the National Applications Office to expand sharing of satellite data with domestic agencies. But congressional Democrats barred funding for what they said could become a new platform for domestic surveillance that would raise privacy and civil liberties concerns.
Washington Post Jun 17, 2009 Twitter Is a Player In Iran's Drama: State Dept. Asked Site to Keep Running
QUOTE: The State Department asked Twitter to delay scheduled maintenance earlier this week to avoid disrupting communications among tech-savvy Iranian citizens....an Iranian-American activist in Washington said that tweets from a handful of students have been instrumental in getting information to people outside Iran.
Washington Post Jun 13, 2009 Pentagon Cyber Unit Prompts Questions: New Command's Offensive Role Complicates Administration's Global Outreach
QUOTE: a "cyber-command" is prompting questions about its role in the larger national strategy to protect government and private-sector computer networks and whether privacy can be protected. And the command is fueling debate over the proper rules to govern a new kind of warfare in which unannounced adversaries using bits of computer code can launch transnational attacks.
Washington Post Jun 06, 2009 Google Says It's Actually Quite Small
QUOTE: Three times in the past month, government agencies have targeted Google for antitrust reviews. An outstanding private lawsuit alleges that Google tried to kill a business-to-business search engine with predatory pricing.
Washington Post May 25, 2009 Iran Blocks Facebook, Outlet for Opposition: Lively Discussions on June 12 Vote Took Place on Web Site
QUOTE: discussions had taken place among Iranians who wondered whether voting in the June 12 presidential election meant supporting Iran's system of clerical rule, or, as some argued, could be used to remove Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad's three opponents also used the site to spread campaign messages
Washington Post May 13, 2009 Hard Questions In Wake of Reputed Health Data Theft: Program Official Defends Safeguards
QUOTE: [Virginia] Legislators had sharp questions for state officials Tuesday about how hackers stole millions of personal pharmaceutical records from a prescription drug database that was supposed to be secure.
Washington Post Nov 08, 2008 Bush’s seven deadly environmental sins: How Bush made a mockery of the nation’s environmental laws and values -- and what Obama must do to get us back on track.
QUOTE: It hardly bears repeating that George W. Bush's record on the environment makes his own father look like Teddy Roosevelt by comparison. By taking environmental policymaking away from scientists, and turning it over to industry cronies, Bush has made a mockery of the nation's environmental laws and values.
Salon Sep 08, 2008 Biologists on the Verge of Creating New Form of Life
QUOTE: A team of biologists and chemists is closing in on bringing non-living matter to life.
Jul 09, 2008 Justice Breyer Is Among Victims in Data Breach Caused by File Sharing
QUOTE: Services such as LimeWire, which are known as peer-to-peer networks, link computers directly, allowing users to swap digital movies, music and files with other users without the need of a central Web site to manage the exchange. What users may not be aware of is that the software that facilitates file sharing may be configured to allow access to a portion, if not all, of a user's documents.
Washington Post Jul 01, 2008 Bloggers take aim at Google
QUOTE: Was Google's network of online services manipulated to silence critics of Barack Obama? That was the question buzzing on a corner of the blogosphere over the past few days, after several anti-Obama bloggers were unable to update their sites, which are hosted on Google's Blogger service.
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