The chaotic fight for ObamaCare | TheHill


Jason Altmire, a centrist Democratic congressman representing the Pittsburgh area, had just announced he would vote against ObamaCare.

The White House needed every vote it could get, with the bill in serious jeopardy of dying on the House floor.Altmire’s phone rang at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2010. It was the president.

“What’s the matter?” Obama asked. “We didn’t give you enough attention?”

Source: The chaotic fight for ObamaCare | TheHill

Homeless, the elephants are falling prey to diseases

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Elephants rub their feet on the ground while stationary, making small pits. During rains these pits fill with water and they get foot infections which soon turn septic.

Elephants do not have sweat glands and this makes them irresistant to heat. Exposure to sun and heat causes tuberculosis in elephants. Heritage Animal task force president V K Venkatachalam says that of the 13 that perished recently 10 had tuberculosis.

Source: Homeless, the elephants are falling prey to diseases – Kerala

Design News | Demystifying Data Logging — and Why Stepping It Up Has Benefits


Raw data from a test set can typically be manipulated in a number of ways, depending on whether it is viewed by engineering, sales, or the end customer.

Statistical process control (SPC) becomes very important when data is viewed by a QC engineer, who wants to be able to immediately detect process shifts (e.g., do you need to provide a real-time bell curve of critical parameters on the actual test set, in addition to data logging, and present the data in graphs, as well?).

Product engineers want to scan the data and understand quickly how the device performed against the required criteria for each parameter.

Meanwhile, salespeople are typically more interested in how much product is available and thus extremely data-philic to pass/fail information.

Source: Design News – Blog – Demystifying Data Logging — and Why Stepping It Up Has Benefits

Internet of hackable things? Why IoT devices need better security | The Enterprisers Project


The main reason that IoT devices present such significant security threats is due, in most part, to the specific functions these devices are designed to fulfill.

Common IoT devices, such as thermostats, garage door openers and even alarm systems, are typically small form factor devices with very little surface area where chips or other devices can be installed.

As a result, only basic functionality such as reporting, monitoring and alerting are included within their programming. Additional functionality and and features such as security, unfortunately, are not included within the devices themselves.

Source: Internet of hackable things? Why IoT devices need better security | The Enterprisers Project

Report examines the massive future cybersecurity problem of connected cars | Network World


Complexity was called “the worst enemy of security,” as a connected car could have “approximately 100 million lines of code,” compared to 8 million for an F-35 fighter jet.

There has been a dramatic increase in Electronic Computing Units, with some high-end vehicles currently having about 100 ECUs. There has also been a rise in the diversity of in-vehicle systems which provide both luxury and critical features.

Connectivity was called a “double-edged sword” since adding cars to the Internet of Things will continue to make vehicles “a more accessible and more attractive target to adversaries.”

Source: Report examines the massive future cybersecurity problem of connected cars | Network World

Council reveals secret protocols of tax working group


“We ask ourselves whether this group has been twiddling their thumbs for almost 20 years. If, more than 15 years after the setting up of this group, the European Commission is still investigating tax cases like Google, Fiat, Amazon, Starbucks and others, then this is the evidence that the group does not function properly… We have a suspicion that the group that was set up to prevent tax roguery is in fact just a fig leaf covering a lack of activity. Now we want to see what really happened in this group,” Burkhard Balz MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in Parliament’s Special Committee on corporate tax evasion said.

Source: Council reveals secret protocols of tax working group

What to Expect from US-India Relations in 2016 | The Diplomat


When it comes to deepening bilateral economic relations between the two countries, progress has been mixed.

For one thing, U.S. businesses remain reluctant to invest in India because of their beliefs that the Indian government has not yet delivered on promises to ease doing business in India including taxation issues, and implement general economic reforms in the country.

Source: What to Expect from US-India Relations in 2016 | The Diplomat

Tension Mounts on South Africa Cybersecurity Law | Bloomberg BNA


Indra de Lanerolle [2], visiting research associate and adjunct lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, told Bloomberg BNA that there is widespread concern over the cybersecurity laws.

But until South Africa has something similar to the disclosures about U.S. surveillance made by Edward Snowden, “business and others will remain relatively uninterested and uninformed. It’s one thing to discuss powers the state has to snoop with the most limited of scrutiny. It’s another when people discover how state actors actually use those powers,” he said in a statement.

Source: Tension Mounts on South Africa Cybersecurity Law | Bloomberg BNA

Hermes warns of potential for further dip in sales growth | Reuters


Hermes, known for its colorful silk scarves and its Kelly and Birkin leather handbags, said on Wednesday (Feb 10) that growth in its domestic market slowed to 1 percent in the last three months of 2015, down from 7.9 percent and 9.7 percent in the previous quarters.

Source: Hermes warns of potential for further dip in sales growth | Reuters

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Design News | See How Electric Vehicle Sales Stalled in 2015


It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

But last year, sales of plug-in hybrids and pure EVs across the entire industry accounted for only about six-tenths of 1% of the US market.

Source: Design News – Automotive News – See How Electric Vehicle Sales Stalled in 2015