THOMAS Top Ten for 2/8/2015 | THOMAS (Library of Congress)

  1. H.R. 596 [114th]
    To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes
  2. H.R. 527 [114th]
    Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015
  3. H.R. 50 [114th]
    Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015
  4. H.R. 351 [114th]
    LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act
  5. H.Res. 70 [114th]
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 596) to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes
  6. H.R. 623 [114th]
    Social Media Working Group Act of 2015
  7. H.R. 240 [114th]
    Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
  8. H.R. 361 [114th]
    Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act
  9. H.R. 615 [114th]
    Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act
  10. H.R. 26 [114th]
    Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015

via THOMAS Top Ten for 2/8/2015 – THOMAS (Library of Congress).

Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, February 11th | The New Yorker


Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, February 11th – The New Yorker.

Brian Williams’s Crash and Tom Brokaw’s Role | The New Yorker


Williams has been suspended for six months without pay. His Connecticut home is not Elba, but it may as well be.

There is no reason to believe that his plummeting trust ratings will rise.

via Brian Williams’s Crash and Tom Brokaw’s Role – The New Yorker.

The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job | GovExec.com


.. such affordances come with strings attached:

Employees with this perk often wind up working extra hours at nights or on weekends.

Why? Not to make up for lost productivity but in an effort to demonstrate their commitment to and passion for their jobs.

via The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com.

Why Wipro, TCS, Infosys are wooing retail, healthcare startups and investing in them for survival | The Economic Times


For India’s biggest technology firms, coping with a mid-life crisis and scrambling to keep pace with technology shifts, the next big thing is small. VC firms and entrepreneurs are their new partners, as they are moving beyond the old-world alliances with the likes of SAP and Oracle.

via Why Wipro, TCS, Infosys are wooing retail, healthcare startups and investing in them for survival – The Economic Times.

Design News | North America Sees Record Robot Orders, Shipments in ’14

By application, the fastest growing areas for robotics include arc welding (58% year-over-year), spot welding (57%), assembly (16%) and material handling (11%). The RIA estimates that the U.S. market is now at 230,000 robots, while Japan still remains ahead as the top global market.

via Design News – William Ng – North America Sees Record Robot Orders, Shipments in '14.

Canon to buy video surveillance leader Axis for $2.8 billion | The Hindu

Canon Inc plans to buy network video surveillance leader Axis AB for about 23.6 billion Swedish crowns ($2.83 billion), the biggest purchase ever for the Japanese company that is trying to expand beyond the shrinking camera market.

via Canon to buy video surveillance leader Axis for $2.8 billion – The Hindu.

Obama’s Surveillance Reform Theater | CounterPunch

.. the oversight board reports that the recommendation to “End the NSA’s Bulk Telephone Records Program” hasn’t been implemented.

Likewise the recommendation to “Develop a Methodology to Assess the Value of Counterterrorism Programs” also hasn’t been implemented.

What we’re witnessing is Reform Theater. A sort of kabuki act which is intended to provide the impression that, in the wake of Ed Snowden’s revelations, something is being done.

via Obama’s Surveillance Reform Theater » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

Euro Crisis – Now Watch Denmark | The Market Oracle

.. right now the juiciest target is Denmark.

A generally well-run country, it finds itself on the wrong side of the currency war, with the European Central Bank actively devaluing the euro against which the Danish krone is pegged.

via Euro Crisis – Now Watch Denmark :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting Free Website.

FCC chief delivers details on his net neutrality strategy


Breaking down his proposal — the full details of which remain under wraps at the FCC — Wheeler said that

it would ban paid prioritization, blocking and throttling of broadband content.

Consumers and content sources, or “edge providers,” would be protected from any “last-mile tactics” that interfere with their connectivity

via FCC chief delivers details on his net neutrality strategy.