canopic jug writes:Soldiers stupid and disobedient enough to carry their own tracking devices into the field on operations are teaching their units harsh lessons when entering combat. The Association of the United States Army, the U.S. Army's professional association and lobbying group, has an article on how mobile phones are used against soldiers carrying them in the field. This includes, but is not limited to, psychological operations, artillery strikes, monitoring, or all three at once. Given the lax discipline about leaving the mobile phones behind, the attacks built on phone info have been increasingly successful both physically and mentally.[Ed Note: The second link details how Russian backed separatists are using advanced EW and psyops tactics against the Ukrainian Armed Forces]Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Mykl writes:The state of Victoria, Australia has banned broadcasting of Sky News from the underground loop stations in Melbourne's train network.The ban comes after Sky (owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp) broadcast an interview with far-right activist Blair Cottrell. Cottrell, the leader of the United Patriots Front, has convictions for arson, burglary and racial vilification, has advocated violence against women and has called for portraits of Adolf Hitler to be hung in school classrooms.Victoria's transport minister, Jacinta Allen, has defended the decision against claims of censorship, stating that "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community." ... "If people want to watch Sky News in their own homes, they can do that to their heart's content," she said. "Any material that uses our public transport assets to promote itself needs to be appropriate."Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
hubie writes:The diet and eating habits of earlier civilizations has been inferred from old manuscripts and artwork, but there is always a question as to how representative that is of what the common diet was at the time, in much the same way as whether in a millennia from now one could infer our modern-day diet from surviving ``foodie'' magazines. It is always a bonus when you can have access to direct tissue to analyze. In a recent paper in the Open Access journal Nature Scientific Reports, Atsushi Maruyama and colleagues in Japan acquired a number of book sets produced during the Edo period and they analyzed samples of human hair found in the books. By analyzing the abundances of various carbon and nitrogen isotopes they were able to make inferences about the early Japanese diet.
edIII writes:The nearest neighbor problem asks where a new point fits in to an existing data set. A few researchers set out to prove that there was no universal way to solve it. Instead, they found such a way.
infodragon writes:Utilizing FOIA and some clever software Mr. Chapman quickly identifies a troubled spot for parking in Chicago and gets results!http://mchap.io/using-foia-data-and-unix-to-halve-major-source-of-parking-tickets.htmlThe story relates how the author used Freedom of Information Act requests to gather raw data on parking tickets issued in Chicago. What he received was a semicolon-delimited text file containing a great number of data entry errors. The author outlines the steps taken to clean and extract data on a likely problematic parking location. Armed with this data, he visited the location and discovered very confusing signage. He reported this to the city, who rectified the signage. This led to a 50 percent decrease in the number of tickets issued for that location.I immediately asked myself three things1. How much more effective has that corner become?