University of Arizona Tracks Student ID Card Swipes To Detect Who Might Drop Out

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The University of Arizona is tracking freshman students’ ID card swipes to anticipate which students are more likely to drop out. University researchers hope to use the data to lower dropout rates. (Dropping out refers to those who have left higher-education entirely and those who transfer to other colleges.) The card data tells researchers how frequently a student has entered a…

March 12, 2018
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Baltimore logistics hub gets $20 million TIGER grant

The Sparrows Point site at the Port of Baltimore. Photo credit: Tradepoint Atlantic. The $20 million awarded to Tradepoint Atlantic and Baltimore Country to convert the site of a former steel mill into a multimodal logistics hub at Sparrows Point was the largest single sum for maritime infrastructure and the only… Source: http://www.joc.com

March 12, 2018
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State funding for Virginia port deepening delayed

In addition to dredging to prepare for larger ships, the Port of Virginia has been adding to its fleet of container-handling equipment. Photo credit: Port of Virginia. Virginia state lawmakers ended their legislative session on March 10 without an agreement on a two-year budget, delaying a decision on funding work to… Source: http://www.joc.com

March 12, 2018
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Maersk tries to limit disruption to schedules after fatal ship fire

Firefighters tackle the blaze on board Maersk Honam. Photo credit: Indian Coast Guard Maersk Line is making alternative vessels available for European exporters scheduled to load containers on the Maersk Honam that caught fire off the port of Salalah in the Arabian Sea on March 6.The fire continues to blaze a… Source: http://www.joc.com

March 12, 2018
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Apple Must Explain Why It Doesn’t Want You To Fix Your Own iPhone, California Lawmaker Says

A California state lawmaker says she hopes to make Apple explain specifically why it has opposed and lobbied against legislation that would make it easier for you to repair your iPhone and other electronics. Motherboard reports: Last week, California assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman announced that she plans to introduce right to repair legislation in the state, which would require companies like Apple, Microsoft, John Deere, and Samsung to sell replacement parts…

March 12, 2018
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West Coast port platforms would give advanced cargo notice

A planned  West Coast platform that would be shared with US importers, ocean carriers terminal operators, truckers, railroads and equipment providers could allow those moving cargo through California ports to better prepare by giving them up to two weeks heads-up. Since most US ports are struggling to handle mega-ships, causing congestion… Source: http://www.joc.com

March 12, 2018
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JavaScript Rules But Microsoft Programming Languages Are On the Rise

Microsoft languages seem to be hitting the right note with coders across ops, data science, and app development. From a report: JavaScript remains the most popular programming language, but two offerings from Microsoft are steadily gaining, according to developer-focused analyst firm RedMonk’s first quarter 2018 ranking. RedMonk’s rankings are based on pull requests in GitHub, as well as an approximate count of how many times a language is tagged on…

March 12, 2018
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