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Alexander Wait Zaranek
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Quote: The Graham-Cassidy bill is a last-ditch effort to ram a bad bill, developed behind closed doors, through Congress,” said David Certner, AARP legislative policy director for government affairs. “Like earlier bills, it would increase health care costs by including an age tax, reducing coverage and undermining protections for people living with conditions like cancer or diabetes.

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Many at Harvard were disgusted by a decision to rescind a visiting fellowship for Chelsea Manning after government intimidation. Some faculty are speaking out.

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This must be stopped.

Quote: In releasing a revised version of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, along with co-sponsors Dean Heller and Ron Johnson, claimed that their bill isn’t a “partisan” approach and doesn’t include “draconian cuts.” In reality, however, the Cassidy-Graham bill would have the same harmful consequences as those prior bills.

It would cause many millions of people to lose coverage, radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid, eliminate or weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and increase out-of-pocket costs for individual market consumers.

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As Arvados goes into production in more places it's interesting to see what other organizations are doing in similar circumstances.

The future for FOSS infrastructure is very bright!

See for more info. about our work.

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I'm proud of EFF for taking this stance.
BIG: EFF leaves W3C over DRM

"We will defend those who are put in harm's way for blowing the whistle on defects in EME implementations.

It is a tragedy that we will be doing that without our friends at the W3C, and with the world believing that the pioneers and creators of the web no longer care about these matters.

Effective today, EFF is resigning from the W3C.

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I was willing to give this team some benefit of the doubt. Then they kept talking. Quote:

Michal Kosinski – the Stanford University professor who went viral last week for research suggesting that artificial intelligence (AI) can detect whether people are gay or straight based on photos – said sexual orientation was just one of many characteristics that algorithms would be able to predict through facial recognition.

Using photos, AI will be able to identify people’s political views, whether they have high IQs, whether they are predisposed to criminal behavior, whether they have specific personality traits and many other private, personal details that could carry huge social consequences, he said.

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Hard to dispute.

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Aging and chronic illness (that doesn't immediately lead to death) are no more natural than death itself. Science can help optimize health via new diagnostics that lead to individualized recommendations for diet and lifestyle and, when necessary, pharmaceuticals or other medical interventions.
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