Friday Five for June 2nd, 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 at 14:09

Technology Improves Campus Safety

Last June, after a fatal shooting on campus, Chancellor Gene Block asked Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L Waugh to organize a Task Force to examine campus safety measures and recommend ways of improving them. Task Force members included vice chancellors, deans, faculty, students, and executives from across the campus.
The Campus Safety Task Force requested input from the campus community in various ways. More than six hundred people answered an online survey, and 90 attended the Campus Community Forum. In addition, the Task Force examined the results of a survey conducted within a few weeks of the incident, which yielded 9,795 responses.
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Campus Safety Task Force

Where the Rivers Meet the Sea

Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.
"The goal of this technology is to generate electricity from where the rivers meet the ocean," said Christopher Gorski, assistant professor in environmental engineering at Penn State. "It's based on the difference in the salt concentrations between the two water sources." That difference in salt concentration has the potential to generate enough energy to meet up to 40 percent of global electricity demands.
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Yes but wouldn't you rather just work in a coal mine?

British Airways Union Blames Massive IT Failure On Outsourcing IT Jobs to India

British Airways GMB union has blamed the airline's 2016 decision of outsourcing IT jobs to India as the reason behind cancelling all Saturday flights from London's two biggest airports: Heathrow and Gatwick.
The GMB union said the airline's decision to outsource hundreds of IT jobs to India last year was behind the problems, the Guardian reported. The GMB union said BA laid off hundreds of IT staff last year and outsourced the work to India and blamed cost cutting for the travel chaos.
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IT and crumpets.

Net Neutrality Activists Have Already Lost, According to these Execs

As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to deregulate the telecom and cable industry by rolling back the agency's net neutrality rules, some people on both sides of the issue already say the battle is pretty much moot. On Wednesday, Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings signaled he thinks the current fight is unwinnable.

"I think Trump's FCC is going to unwind the rules, no matter what anybody says," Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said at Re/code's annual Code Conference. "That's going to happen, and then we get to see what's going to come out of that."
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Intel's Massive 18-core Core i9 Chip Starts a Bloody Battle for Enthusiast PCs

With Core i9, the Intel vs AMD battle rages anew. Announced Tuesday at Computex in Taipei, Intel's answer to AMD's 16-core, 32-thread Threadripper is an 18-core, 36-thread monster microprocessor of its own, tailor-made for elite PC enthusiasts.
The Core i9 Extreme Edition i9-7980XE, what Intel calls the first teraflop desktop PC processor ever, will be priced at $1,999 when it ships later this year. In a slightly lower tier will be the meat of the Core i9 family: Core i9 X-series chips in 16-core, 14-core, 12-core, and 10-core versions, with prices climbing from $999 to $1,699. All of these new Skylake-based parts will offer improvements over their older Broadwell-E counterparts: 15 percent faster in single-threaded apps and 10 percent faster in multithreaded tasks, Intel says.
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Brb, gotta request a new workstation.