Jeb Bush has been adamant that he will not switch his positions on two issues, immigration and Common Core standards, that will generate conservative opposition in the Republican primaries. But he just made a major concession to conservatives on another issue of great importance to many of them—he came out against the U.S. Export-Import Bank. And this new position of Bush’s is not just hard to reconcile with his politics—it’s hard to reconcile with his own business career.
Over the past few years, many conservatives have seized on the Ex-Im Bank as a glaring example of crony capitalism, and they will oppose its reauthorization when it comes up in June. They say the bank, which aids exporters by guaranteeing loans for foreign buyers of U.S. products, mainly aids giants like Boeing, GE, and Caterpillar, and, under proper accounting standards, is running a 10-year deficit of $2 billion, on top of its operating costs. The bank’s supporters argue that it is helping a vast array of smaller businesses as well, and that it is essentially self-financing, at minimal cost to U.S. taxpayers. The relatively obscure institution—which was founded in 1934 and whose leadership is appointed by the president—has become a major point of contention on the right, with groups like the Club for Growth and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity coming out against it while the traditional business lobby, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, supports it.
The path to 5G has been notable for the lack of acrimony over radio standards, but that doesn’t mean there’s no rivalry at all.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are pitching rival radio access technologies for 5G, but it’s not the kind of knock-‘em-down, drag-‘em-out fight which made 3G and 4G standard-setting so entertaining for bystanders.
AlcaLu is offering a technology called UF-OFDM, or Universal Filter OFDM, which it says can support low-bandwidth, low-powered IoT at one end of the scale and high-bandwidth video at the other.
Huawei is also proposing an enhancement on the OFDM wave form which it calls Filtered OFDM. Separately it is working on something called Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA).
From the National Center for Science Education
House File 272, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 17, 2015, and referred to the House Committee on Education, would, if enacted, prevent Iowa from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards — and part of the stated reason is the NGSS’s treatment of evolution and climate change.
According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette (March 2, 2015), the bill’s lead sponsor Sandy Salmon (R-District 63) objects to the fact that the standards were not written in Iowa, but is also “concerned that the standards miss some key math and science concepts, present evolution as scientific fact[,] and shine a negative light on human impacts on climate change.”
Also sponsoring HF 272 are Dean Fisher (R-District 72), John H. Wills (R-District 1), Greg Heartsill (R-District 28), Steven Holt (R-District 18), Larry Sheets (R-District 80), Ralph C. Watts (R-District 19), and John Landon (R-District 37). But Salmon told the Gazette that the bill was stalled in a subcommittee and that she did not expect it to emerge.
A lead state partner in the development of the NGSS, Iowa is currently considering whether to adopt the standards. A review team is expected to consider input from four public forums and a public on-line survey in March 2015 and to make a recommendation to the state board of education, which will decide whether to adopt the NGSS.
More: Antiscience Bill in Iowa
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Samsung over what it says is the recording of private conversations in homes through the company’s television sets.
The privacy rights group filed a complaint with the commission on Tuesday accusing Samsung of violating federal laws with a technology that allows viewers to operate the company’s Internet-connected smart TVs with voice commands. In the past, EPIC has also complained to the commission about the privacy practices of Google and Facebook. The companies ended up settling their cases with the F.T.C.
The complaint underscores the privacy minefield that technology companies are wading into as they cook up new methods of operating devices with voice commands and other techniques. Samsung’s sets allow people to change channels, increase volume and search for recommended programs to watch by using their voices, rather than by pushing buttons on a remote control.
Recently, bands in assorted colors began appearing on the wrists of everyone from young athletes to old lawyers. FitBits, FueldBands, and other wearable fitness trackers promised to enhance the health of the wearer by accurately monitoring every step, calorie, and sleep pattern. But, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the apps on your smartphone do the job just as well, or even better—at least in terms of measuring your steps and your calories.
“There is strong evidence that higher levels of physical activity are associated with weight loss,” says Mitesh Patel, the study’s senior author and an assistant professor of medicine and health care management at the University of Pennsylvania. “For most adults that want to track their general activity, smartphones will meet their needs.”
Penn researchers compared 10 of the top-selling smartphone fitness applications and pedometers with wearable devices, tracking 14 healthy adults as they walked on the treadmill.
The couple was found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect, a confusing charge that resolved nothing and left the couple possibly more nervous and paranoid than ever.
In December, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv had let their 10-year-old son Rafi and his 6-year-old sister Dvorah walk one mile home through Silver Spring alone. The kids got picked up by the police, who then turned the case over to child protective services. The Meitivs, as it happens, are “free-range parents” who have a very coherent philosophy about giving children more independence. They had let their children walk home alone that day only after practicing, and felt the kids were ready.
What they learned from the latest CPS decision, Danielle Meitiv wrote me, is that “teaching independence clearly IS a crime.” As she understands it, the charge means “something happened but kids were not at substantial risk.” Why then, she reasonably asks, “find us responsible for neglect?”
When I was five years old, I walked to school and back with my four year old brother. We know that stranger abduction of children is extremely rare: most victims of molestation are victimized by a relative. This is a clear, real instance of bureaucratic over-reach interfering with a reasonable choice by parents.
Look out, birds: You’re about to be joined in the sky by WiFi routers.
Facebook and Google are both working on flying apparatuses that can bring Internet to the people below, executives from both companies confirmed at separate events at the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona yesterday. First, Google revealed a little more about its plans to connect more people to the Internet using balloons and solar-powered drones; later in the day, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that his company is working on a wide range of flying devices and that it is committed to getting more people online however it can.
Google executive Sundar Pichai actually made two fairly major announcements about the company’s airborne Internet efforts at MWC. First, he said, Google’s Project Loon balloons, which float above the ground and beam down low-cost Internet access to unconnected locations, can now stay in the air for 6 months. That’s a big improvement from the 100 days the Loon balloons previously achieved. (Official Project Loon tagline, by the way: “Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone.”)
This is not the Nasdaq you once knew.
Fifteen years ago, at the height of the dot-com bubble, the tech industry barometer was the most spectacularly crazy part of an irrationally exuberant stock market.
Nasdaq Composite finally passes the 5,000 mark and approaches its 2000 peak, thanks to strength in five key, heavily-weighted companies: Apple, Netflix, Amazon and biotech firms Biogen Idec and Gilead Sciences.
These days, as the Nasdaq Composite Index once again flirts with record highs, it represents one of the more well grounded areas of a U.S. stock market that has spent the past few years busily exploring new frontiers in exuberance.
The Nasdaq index’s new sobriety reflects both the painful lessons of experience and the transformation of the technology sector from rebel outsider to establishment insider.
Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.