FCC makes steps toward 2016 spectrum auction

first_img FCC FCC approves $7 billion for emergency connectivity Tags FCC commissioner eyes further Chinese vendor curbs Previous ArticleBlog: Chinese firms strengthen smartphone share – but for how long?Next ArticleAustria denies plans to sell Telekom stake – report Author FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Related Home FCC makes steps toward 2016 spectrum auction AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 OCT 2015 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) disclosed what it is willing to pay TV stations for acquiring their spectrum, which will be resold to mobile operators in its planned incentive auction.This is the first stage in a process that will subsequently involve the US regulator re-auctioning the  frequencies in early 2016 to operators craving spectrum for mobile broadband.The FCC is attempting to lure TV stations with bids as high as $900 million in New York City. Other leading US cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago, also carry big bids. Bids tail off for more remote or rural locations. A station in the Virgin Islands will fetch only $10 million, for instance.The bids are expected to come down over time, as the FCC uses a reverse auction  to encourage TV stations to commit early to cashing in their frequencies.Station owners will now mull over whether they want to participate. The filing window opens on 1 December and closes 18 December. Releasing prices now gives broadcasters at least 60 days to consider the prices on offer.The broadcasters also have a choice over the type of bid they make. The deadline for that choice is 29 March 2016. Either they choose to give up their licence or agree to move to another set of frequencies.Companies that want to participate in the second stage of the auction need to register their interest by 28 January 2016. Richard Handford last_img read more

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Correspondence: A Father, an Atheist Son, and Darwin Heretic Matti Leisola

first_img“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Intelligent Design Correspondence: A Father, an Atheist Son, and Darwin Heretic Matti LeisolaJonathan [email protected] 9, 2018, 6:41 PM A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Faith & Science Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Jonathan WittExecutive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureJonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.Follow JonathanTwitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharecenter_img Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share After reading Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design, a father emailed the co-authors, retired professor/bioengineer Matti Leisola and me, asking for advice about his adult atheist son. The father had sent his son a copy of the book, urging him to read it so the two could discuss the evidence and arguments there. The son, a scientist, declined. Leisola and I exchanged a few emails with the father, and he later gave us permission to summarize some of the back and forth, provided we kept the identity of him and his son private.Fuel for Skepticism?According to the father, his son told him that part of what fueled his skepticism toward the book was that most of those endorsing Heretic were connected directly or indirectly to Discovery Institute and that among Leisola’s many scores of peer-reviewed papers, the tiny number of explicitly pro-design peer-reviewed papers were published by the journal BIO-Complexity, a journal the son dismissed for its connections with Discovery Institute. But some of the peer reviewers for those articles were evolutionists with no association with DI beyond their agreeing to peer-review one or more papers for BIO-Complexity. Also, as Chapter 7 of Heretic notes, there are scores of peer-reviewed science articles supporting intelligent design. Also discussed in the book, distinguished scientists such as paleo-entomologist Günter Bechly lost their positions after voicing support for intelligent design, and science journal editor Richard Sternberg got run out of the Smithsonian Institution after accepting a pro-ID paper for peer review and eventual publication. So it’s no surprise that relatively few scientists have rushed forward to present arguments for design, or that many who do present the evidence do so as discreetly as possible, or that few science journal editors are willing to consider explicitly pro-ID papers for peer-review and publication. The son also suggested that Leisola and I could be ignored because we’re paid guns for intelligent design, apparently unaware that Leisola came to reject modern evolutionary theory before Discovery Institute even existed (made clear in the book) and has only been in communication with some of our scientists for a few years now. Also, he is comfortably retired on his savings as a successful university professor and biotech industry leader, and didn’t even ask for royalties from this book.A Third AlternativeThe son also seemed to suggest that on the other side from ID are all those mainstream scientists pursuing their research untainted by bias or ulterior motives. This might seem plausible if the only alternative were untold thousands of mainstream scientists consciously, willfully denying the evidence of design in nature and cackling into their sleeves as they fudge data and work to suppress evidence. But scholarly work in the history and philosophy of science shows that there is a third and more plausible alternative. Scientific paradigms can work powerfully precisely because they encourage scientists like this man’s son to avoid engaging certain arguments and evidence, and to avoid them as naturally and easily as they breathe air. Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is only the best known of many works in the field detailing this pattern. We offer a few examples in Heretic. “Narrative Gloss”There’s also this to consider from NAS member Philip Skell, from an essay of his in The Scientist: Certainly, my own research with antibiotics during World War II received no guidance from insights provided by Darwinian evolution. Nor did Alexander Fleming’s discovery of bacterial inhibition by penicillin. I recently asked more than 70 eminent researchers if they would have done their work differently if they had thought Darwin’s theory was wrong. The responses were all the same: No.I also examined the outstanding biodiscoveries of the past century: the discovery of the double helix; the characterization of the ribosome; the mapping of genomes; research on medications and drug reactions; improvements in food production and sanitation; the development of new surgeries; and others. I even queried biologists working in areas where one would expect the Darwinian paradigm to have most benefited research, such as the emergence of resistance to antibiotics and pesticides. Here, as elsewhere, I found that Darwin’s theory had provided no discernible guidance, but was brought in, after the breakthroughs, as an interesting narrative gloss.If the son had spent a bit of time with Heretic, he also would know that there are eminent scientists unconnected to Discovery Institute who have stated quite explicitly that they see powerful evidence for a designing intelligence from the evidence of nature, scientists that include some Nobel laureates. After the father described some of the back and forth to us, Leisola emailed back:The response of your son is revealing. He is not really engaging himself with any of the arguments for design or against evolution but only attacks Discovery Institute and questions the motives of the critics of Darwinism. I have had hundreds of these discussions with colleagues, friends and foes over decades. It is never about facts and arguments (which are clearly on the side of design) but always about world views. I think man naturally fears the truth about nature, himself, and finally about God.As a Christian I can only pray that God in his mercy opens the eyes for these realities.Best wishes,Matti LeisolaP.S. I have many friends who agree with me but would never dare to admit that in public.“A Prior Commitment”Later the father emailed again, and Leisola responded a second time: Your son is of course completely right that most of the thousands of scientists are doing exactly that: experiments and publishing them in peer-reviewed scientific journals. I have done that for 45 years and been on the editorial board of some journals and peer-reviewed many articles. But that is not the topic of my book.The big question is: Is nature all there is? What is the paradigm behind modern science? For most scientists it is absolute materialism.Richard Lewontin of Harvard: “We have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” (“Billions and Billions of Demons,” The New York Review of Books, January 9, 1997)Most scientists I know, never think about their basic assumptions or formulate them clearly in their minds. If you challenge the materialistic assumption, the reactions are sometimes strong. That is the theme of my book.All the best to you and your discussions with your son. Do not give up — one day he will face a situation where materialism is not enough. Having four children (and seven grandchildren), I know and understand your position.MattiImage: “Man Writing a Letter,” by Gabriël Metsu [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Recommended TagsAlexander Flemingantibiotic resistanceatheismBIO-ComplexitybioengineeringChristianityDarwinian evolutionDarwinismDiscovery InstituteGünter BechlyHeretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Designintelligent designJonathan WittmaterialismMatti LeisolapesticidesPhilip SkellRichard LewontinRichard SternbergSmithsonian InstitutionThe New York Review of BooksThe ScientistThe Structure of Scientific RevolutionsThomas Kuhn,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more

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Deathloop delayed again to September

first_imgDeathloop delayed again to SeptemberArkane Studios pushes its first-person shooter back four more months, citing desire to make game better while ensuring health and safety of developersBrendan SinclairManaging EditorThursday 8th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleArkane StudiosArkane Studios today announced a delay to Deathloop, pushing the game from its planned May 21 debut back to September 14.In a joint statement on Twitter, Deathloop game director Dinga Bakaba and art director Sebastien Mitton apologized for the delay and explained the reasoning behind it.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “We’re committed to quality and preserving our team’s ambitions for Deathloop while ensuring the health and safety of everyone at Arkane,” they said. “We’ll be using this extra time to accomplish out goal: create a fun, stylish and mind-bending player experience.”Deathloop had originally been slated for release in 2020, but was delayed last August, with Arkane attributing the slide to difficulty adjusting to working from home in the pandemic.As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, 2021 has seen a spate of high-profile game delays. In addition to Deathloop, this year alone has already seen delays for Riders Republic, New World, Gran Turismo 7, the Analogue Pocket, the next Need for Speed, the Prince of Persia remake, Kerbal Space Program 2, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, Outriders, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s entire announced 2021 slate: Hogwarts Legacy, Gotham Knights, Back 4 Blood, and Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesDeathloop delayed into Summer 2021Remote working due to COVID-19 making it harder for Arkane Lyon to achieve planned game qualityBy James Batchelor 8 months agoArkane Studios: “Lots of people have done elves and dwarves. F*** that”Dishonored creative director Harvey Smith offers advice on how to create a distinct and memorable fictional universeBy James Batchelor 3 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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On her Majesty’s cylinder service

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