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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

cold fjord Re:Sounds nice (81 comments)

Imagine a Beowulf mode cluster of Emacs....

2 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

cold fjord Re:Moral Imperialism (331 comments)

In the post you made to me in the other thread you made an intelligent argument in a civil manner. I think it is a shame that you do not make more posts like it. There are certainly topics I can be persuaded to change my mind about. If I respond to that post I plan to make my points in a respectful and hopefully persuasive manner in return.

In this post, on the other hand, you return to your unfortunate predilection of engaging in the practices of cranks and fringe progressives although I give you partial credit for not going full fascist as you have on other occasions.

There is nothing contradictory about being for limited government and an effective national defense. That you think so would be a reflection of your limitations, not mine.

I think it is a pity you stooped to the level of an obvious nutter. You can do better.

3 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

cold fjord Re:Moral Imperialism (331 comments)

It's always interesting to read the comments of people willing to engage in civil discussion by making thoughtful posts in an articulate, respectful manner. If you run across any of those people you may want to ask them to make "guest posts" for you.

3 hours ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

cold fjord Re:Umm, what? (169 comments)

Actually I'm not a Libertarian (big or small "L"), but they often have ideas worth some consideration. You're 0 for 2.

  I am curious now though. You're an "apostate" libertarian? That would make you formerly a libertarian. Where did you go wrong?

4 hours ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

cold fjord Re:Umm, what? (169 comments)

And then he turned into a neoconservative/fringe libertarian nutbar after that business with the skyscrapers in '01.

Do you have any proof of that? In this Slashdot interview from 1999, which you will astutely note is before 9/11, people were complaining about him in similar terms to today. What is this big change that you claim happened? Is there something in his writings or blog?

After 9/11 some people went cold turkey on the bat shit insanity that they had been involved in, others found a moment or two of sanity and then relapsed. And some others couldn't even manage that.

You seem to have made clear how you view ESR, but I guess we know where you stand too, eh?

5 hours ago
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

cold fjord Re:Sounds nice (81 comments)

What do you mean? Emacs can emulate vi.

7 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

cold fjord Re:Distasteful stuff, but should not be illegal (331 comments)

The problem is there are not enough pedophiles to prosecute. The state has been forced to "create" pedophiles.

That doesn't really seem to be the problem. It is more like something approaching the opposite.

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal is tip of iceberg, says police chief

There will be more Rotherham-style child sexual exploitation scandals unearthed in the coming months as the “stone is lifted” on the scale of abuse perpetrated on the young, one of Britain’s top police officers has warned.

7 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

cold fjord Re:Moral Imperialism (331 comments)

Is it legal to make counterfeit money even if you never attempt to use it?

10 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

cold fjord Re:Moral Imperialism (331 comments)

No. But such is the moral panic over child molestation in the UK that no-one dare stand up and defend him.

I don't think you could build a good case that "moral panic" over child molestation is the biggest problem the UK has in this regard, viz:

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

Prof Jay said: "No-one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013."

Revealing details of the inquiry's findings, Prof Jay said: "It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered."

The inquiry team found examples of "children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone ....

The report found: "Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so."

Failures by those charged with protecting children happened despite three reports between 2002 and 2006 which both the council and police were aware of, and "which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham".

No indeed, it appears the "moral panic" you are looking for is not about child molestation.

Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal is tip of iceberg, says police chief

There will be more Rotherham-style child sexual exploitation scandals unearthed in the coming months as the “stone is lifted” on the scale of abuse perpetrated on the young, one of Britain’s top police officers has warned.

Children are being abused an hour after being groomed online, Rotherham sex abuse scandal expert warns

Paedophiles are abusing children in real life within an hour of grooming them online, the professor who led the investigation into the Rotherham sex abuse scandal has warned.

Professor Alexis Jay, who compiled a report into how gangs of mainly Asian men groomed, terrorised and abused 1,400 girls as young as 11 in Rotherham over a 16-year period said sex abuse went on undetected in many other areas across Britain.

10 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

cold fjord Re:Moral Imperialism (331 comments)

Similarity to child pornography? Is there really someone so stupid that they cannot tell the difference between a cartoon drawing and a real child?

We are already well into the era of digital art being more or less indistinguishable from photographs without close or expert examination. You can disagree with the law, but I expect that one of the considerations is forestalling having to sort through the maze of identifying exactly what it is beyond being child pornography.

Is it original digital art?
Is it a digitally manipulated photograph?
Is it a digital photograph?
Is it digital art produced from a photograph?

In the mind of the pedophile they all serve the same purpose: to arouse lust towards children. I don't think stimulating sexual lust towards children is something society finds acceptable.

10 hours ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

cold fjord Re:Much as I despise trolls (457 comments)

You don't seem to have contradicted what I wrote, and I didn't write that Britain doesn't have a constitution.

yesterday
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

cold fjord Re:Much as I despise trolls (457 comments)

No need to feel sorry, that constitution didn't apply to America. After the British government failed to apply to the American colonists the rights secured to Britons in the Glorious Revolution the American colonists ultimately decided to have an even more glorious revolution of their own and write a constitution that applied to them.

As to the "written Constitution" of the UK....

The UK constitution

The UK constitution is often described as an 'unwritten constitution', but it is best described as 'partly written and wholly uncodified' (Budge et al, 1998).

It is derived from a number of sources. Its principal source is statute law, i.e., laws passed by the UK Parliament.

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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

cold fjord Re:May I suggest (283 comments)

In the developed world, we do not feel obliged to be the worlds policeman and do not fund our services according to that idea.
  Yes, they do tend to get a lot of money but it's not limitless.

Your use of the royal "we" is almost certainly mistaken. Even humble Canada is quite active in the use of its armed forces around the world.

    Canada extending anti-piracy mission near Somalia

Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Operations

Canada is active in all manner of UN peace operations. Since the first peacekeeping operation in 1956, Canada has accepted frequent requests to join UN operations around the world, whether in Cyprus, Bosnia, Haiti, or elsewhere. To date, over 125,000 Canadians have served in close to 50 UN missions

Canadian Armed Forces completes military mission in Afghanistan

It would be easy to show similar commitments by Britain, Australia, and many other countries.

You are correct that about funding in that most of Europe is not meeting its defense spending targets agreed to within the NATO alliance.

Why you think that not meeting your defense obligations and misspending what you do have constitutes being part of "the developed world" shows the pitiful state of most of Europe's militaries. Even Britain is decimating its armed forces.

yesterday
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

cold fjord Re:That whole list (124 comments)

It may appear counterintuitive but the crank newsletters where you get your ideas aren't the final arbiters of meaning either.

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

cold fjord Re:No difference here (279 comments)

If you haven't been fucked by your insurance company yet, just wait until you're a bit older. I can guarantee you it will happen, it is only a matter of when and how badly. This is not a conspiracy theory, this is a guarantee. They hold all the cards and they set the rules of the game; you can't win or even hope to break even.

I've got news for you - government run healthcare in the US has denied people medical treatment while offering them a suicide pill, and we're not even talking about the VA here. You might want to think about that too.

about a week ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

cold fjord Re:That whole list (124 comments)

The problem with your idea is that words have meaning, and terrorist doesn't mean the same thing as rebel. The word terrorist has its own meaning, and it isn't part of some "craze." Your certainty is nonsense.

about a week ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

cold fjord Re:That whole list (124 comments)

The US is a functioning democracy. It's government changes by election, not rebellion.

The Civil War makes clear the label attached to rebels against the US government: rebels.

Your fantasy life is of no interest to me and probably anyone else on Slashdot.

about a week ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

cold fjord Re:Pretty sure.... (124 comments)

Dumping the Brit's tea could've been construed as an act of terrorism at the time they were in.

I think that the implied ability of an ocean port with some floating tea in it to inspire "terror" is .... a bit underwhelming.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

cold fjord Re:Systems perpetuate themselves (228 comments)

Short of discovering cold fusion tomorrow and mass producing small devices with unlimited power that could change the CO2 back into a solid, we're screwed.

You wood think we wood have other means of trapping CO2 by now.

about a week ago

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Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about two weeks ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "NetworkWord reports, "Police officers in Dubai will soon be able to identify suspects wanted for crimes just by looking at them. Using Google Glass and a custom-developed facial recognition software, Dubai police will be able to capture photos of people around them and search their faces in a database of people wanted for crimes ... When a match is made in the database, the Glass device will receive a notification. .... What's particularly interesting about the project is that facial recognition technology is banned by the Google Glass developer policy. ... The section of the policy that addresses such technology seems to disqualify the Dubai police force's plan for Glass:" — Video at Engadget."
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Scientists Seen as Competent But Not Trusted by Americans

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about three weeks ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Woodrow Wilson School reports, "If scientists want the public to trust their research suggestions, they may want to appear a bit "warmer," according to a new review published by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The review, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), shows that while Americans view scientists as competent, they are not entirely trusted. This may be because they are not perceived to be friendly or warm. In particular, Americans seem wary of researchers seeking grant funding and do not trust scientists pushing persuasive agendas. Instead, the public leans toward impartiality. "Scientists have earned the respect of Americans but not necessarily their trust," said lead author Susan Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and professor of public affairs. "But this gap can be filled by showing concern for humanity and the environment. Rather than persuading, scientists may better serve citizens by discussing, teaching and sharing information to convey trustworthy intentions."""
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about a month ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Phys.org reports, "The life sciences have come under fire recently with a study published in PLOS ONE that investigated the level of sexual harassment and sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments. The study found 71% of women and 41% of men respondents experienced sexual harassment, while 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault. The research team also found that within the hierarchy of academic field sites surveyed, the majority of incidents were perpetrated by peers and supervisors. — More at The New York Times where it notes, "Most of these women encountered this abuse very early in their careers, as trainees. The travel inherent to scientific fieldwork increases vulnerability as one struggles to work within unfamiliar and unpredictable conditions..." ""
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Julian Assange's Lawyers Appeal Swedish Arrest Warrant Ruling

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about a month ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Guardian reports, "In July, a Stockholm judge ruled that Sweden's prosecutor had sufficient cause to continue to pursue the arrest of Assange in order to question him ... No charges have yet been brought against Assange in Sweden, because he has not been interrogated by police regarding the allegations brought by the second of the two women. The prosecutor insists Assange come to Sweden for questioning over the allegations of sexual molestation and rape involving the women whom he met during a visit to the country in 2010. ... A spokesperson for Sweden's chief prosecutor ... added, Ny remained of the view that "Julian Assange has chosen to evade the criminal justice system by seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy he should make himself available for interview and, if needed, trial for the offences to which he is suspected of in Sweden." Assange's lawyers argue that Sweden's prosecutor "is in gross breach of Swedish law" by not travelling to London to interrogate Assange. ... The case will now go to the court of appeal. .... Sweden is in the final days of a closely fought general election campaign in which feminist demands have had a high profile on the left and the right.""
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GM to Introduce Hands-Free Driving in Cadillac Model

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about a month and a half ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Blomberg reports, "General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, will introduce a Cadillac model in two years that can travel on the highway without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal. The 2017 Cadillac model will feature “Super Cruise” technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said yesterday in a speech at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit. GM declined to release the name of the model that will carry the feature. Barra also said GM in two years will become the first automaker to equip a model with so-called vehicle-to-vehicle technology that enables the car to communicate with other autos with similar abilities to warn of traffic hazards and improve road safety. GM will make the V2V feature standard on its 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan, debuting in the second half of 2016, she said. The Super Cruise feature will be on a different Cadillac model and goes beyond similar technology available on some Mercedes-Benz models that operates only at low speeds. ""
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FBI Reveals How It Pinpointed Silk Road/s Server Through Tor

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about a month and a half ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Wired reports, "As the trial of alleged Silk Road drug market creator Ross Ulbricht approaches, the defense has highlighted the mystery of how law enforcement first located the main Silk Road server in an Icelandic data center, despite the computer being hidden by the formidable anonymity software Tor. ... The answer, according to a new filing by the case’s prosecution, is ... mundane: The FBI claims to have found the server’s location without the NSA’s help, simply by fiddling with the Silk Road’s login page until it leaked its true location. ... the prosecution in Ulbricht’s case laid out an argument dismissing a series of privacy concerns Ulbricht’s lawyers had expressed in a motion submitted to a New York court last month. That earlier motion had accused the government of illegal searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment, including a warrantless search of the Silk Road server, and argued that those privacy violations could render inadmissible virtually all of the prosecution’s evidence. The defense motion also demanded that the government explain how it tracked down the Silk Road’s server, and reveal whether the NSA had participated in that hunt""
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700k New Zealand Internet Users Suffer Outage From Fake Celebrity Nudes Malware

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about a month and a half ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "techgeek reports, "Spark New Zealand – the country’s largest internet service provider – suffered a massive outage lasting nearly thirty hours from last Friday. The outage saw its nearly 700,000 customer base having slow or no internet connectivity on their mobile phones or computers – all because some users on their network wanted to see nude pics of celebrities. According to local media, some users clicked on a link that claimed to contain images from the recent dump of nude photos of several high profile female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande. However, the link lead them to a page telling them they had to download a piece of software to view them – which was malware. ... Spark told the New Zealand Herald that it was a denial of service attack linked to some of its customers downloading malware was the reason why its network went down, and has taken steps to remedy the problem." — NBC News reports both phishing and malware attacks associated with the stolen photographs."
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Invasion Of Ukraine Continuing As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about a month and a half ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "News.com.au reports, "This morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott labelled Russia’s escalating and “open” invasion into Ukraine as “war”. But he was not only person using fighting words. ... on Friday, Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat was simple. “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” It’s the first time in more than 25 years that Moscow has raised the spectre of nuclear war. The difference this time is that its tanks are already pouring over its western borders. “A great war arrived at our doorstep, the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II,” Ukraine’s Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey wrote ... warning of “tens of thousands of deaths”. Putin appears to agree. Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports Putin has told the outgoing European Commission President ... : “If I want, I take Kiev in two weeks.” " — CNN reports, "The British government source told CNN on Friday that Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel — a figure far higher than one U.S. official's earlier claim of 1,000 troops. The soldiers are aligned in "formed units" and fighting around Luhansk and Donetsk.... And they may soon have company: Some 20,000 troops are on border and "more may be on the way," ..." — Newsweek reports, "Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister""
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Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 2 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Washington Post reports, "Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them. Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people’s travels over days, weeks or longer ... It is unclear which governments have acquired these tracking systems, but one industry official ... said that dozens of countries have bought or leased such technology in recent years. This rapid spread underscores how the burgeoning, multibillion-dollar surveillance industry makes advanced spying technology available worldwide. “Any tin-pot dictator with enough money to buy the system could spy on people anywhere in the world,” said Eric King, deputy director of Privacy International, ... “This is a huge problem.” ""
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, And Kofi Annan

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 2 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Foreign Policy reports, "The revelation that Germany spies on Turkey, a NATO member, should dispel any notion that spying on allies violates the unwritten rules of international espionage ... For nearly a year, the extent of NSA surveillance on German leaders ... has drawn stern rebuke from the German political and media establishment. ... Merkel went so far as to publicly oust the CIA station chief in Berlin. "Spying among friends is not at all acceptable," Merkel said ... However, Germany's sanctimony toward "friendly" espionage is now a huge embarrassment ... Over the weekend, Der Spiegel reported ... Germany's foreign intelligence collection agency, was spying on Turkey. It also reported ... calls made by Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were accidentally recorded. ..... Turkey's Foreign Ministry said that if the allegations are true, they are "totally unacceptable." Turkey also summoned German Ambassador ... Pohl ... demanding an explanation. ... Lindsay Moran, a former CIA ... officer, doesn't believe that the German spying on American officials was an accident. "I find the notion that [Clinton and Kerry] were accidentally overheard preposterous," ... "It's a kind of delightful revelation given the fact that the Germans have been on their high horse." Christian Whiton, a former ... State Department senior advisor, added that the report on German spying is a perfect example of why rifts over intelligence among allies should be handled quietly and privately." — The Wall Street Journal reports, "Cem Özdemir, the head of the Green party and a leading German politician of Turkish descent, told Spiegel Online it would be "irresponsible" for German spies not to target Turkey given its location as a transit country for Islamic State militants from Europe." More at Spiegel Online and The Wall Street Journal."
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, And Kofi Annan

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 2 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Foreign Policy reports, "The revelation that Germany spies on Turkey, a NATO member, should dispel any notion that spying on allies violates the unwritten rules of international espionage ... For nearly a year, the extent of NSA surveillance on German leaders ... has drawn stern rebuke from the German political and media establishment. ... Merkel went so far as to publicly oust the CIA station chief in Berlin. "Spying among friends is not at all acceptable," Merkel said ... However, Germany's sanctimony toward "friendly" espionage is now a huge embarrassment ... Over the weekend, Der Spiegel reported ... Germany's foreign intelligence collection agency, was spying on Turkey. It also reported ... calls made by Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were accidentally recorded. ..... Turkey's Foreign Ministry said that if the allegations are true, they are "totally unacceptable." Turkey also summoned German Ambassador ... Pohl ... demanding an explanation. ... Lindsay Moran, a former CIA ... officer, doesn't believe that the German spying on American officials was an accident. "I find the notion that [Clinton and Kerry] were accidentally overheard preposterous," ... "It's a kind of delightful revelation given the fact that the Germans have been on their high horse." Christian Whiton, a former ... State Department senior advisor, added that the report on German spying is a perfect example of why rifts over intelligence among allies should be handled quietly and privately." — The Wall Street Journal reports, "Cem Özdemir, the head of the Green party and a leading German politician of Turkish descent, told Spiegel Online it would be "irresponsible" for German spies not to target Turkey given its location as a transit country for Islamic State militants from Europe." More at Spiegel Online and The Wall Street Journal."
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US Department of Homeland Security Providing Online Open Source Code Testing

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 3 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "ZDNet reports, "At OSCon, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ... quietly announced that they're now offering a service for checking out your open-source code for security holes and bugs: the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP). ... Patrick Beyer, SWAMP's Project Manager at Morgridge Institute for Research, the project's prime contractor, explained, "With open source's popularity, more and more government branches are using open-source code. Some are grabbing code from here, there, and everywhere." Understandably, "there's more and more concern about the safety and quality of this code. We're the one place you can go to check into the code" ... funded by a $23.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), SWAMP is designed by researchers from the Morgridge Institute, the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each brings broad experience in software assurance, security, open source software development, national distributed facilities and identity management to the project. ... SWAMP opened its services to the community in February of 2014 offering five open-source static analysis tools that analyze source code for possible security defects without having to execute the program. ... In addition, SWAMP hosts almost 400 open source software packages to enable tool developers to add enhancements in both the precision and scope of their tools. On top of that the SWAMP provides developers with software packages from the National Institute for Standards and Technology's (NIST) Juliet Test Suite.""
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In New Zealand The Right To Silence And Presumption Of Innocence Are In Danger

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 3 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The New Zealand Herald reports, "Fundamental pillars of the criminal justice system may be eroded whichever party wins the election this year, as both National's and Labour's proposals would look into changing the right to silence or the presumption of innocence in rape cases. Both major parties claim the current system is not upholding justice for victims, and are looking at changes that would effectively make it easier for prosecutors to obtain convictions. National wants to explore allowing a judge or jury to see an accused's refusal to give evidence in a negative light, while Labour wants to shift the burden of proof of consent from the alleged victim to the accused.""
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists And Climate Change

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 4 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "ScienceNordic reports, "Researchers the world over almost unanimously agree that our climate is changing ... But many farmers – at least Swedish ones – have experienced mild winters and shifting weather before and are hesitant about trusting the scientists. The researcher who discovered the degree of scepticism among farmers was surprised by her findings. Therese Asplund ... was initially looking into how agricultural magazines covered climate change. Asplund found after studying ten years of issues of the two agricultural sector periodicals ATL and Land Lantbruk that they present climate change as scientifically confirmed, a real problem. But her research took an unexpected direction when she started interviewing farmers in focus groups about climate issues. Asplund had prepared a long list of questions about how the farmers live with the threat of climate change and what they plan to do to cope with the subsequent climate challenges. The conversations took a different course: “They explained that they didn’t quite believe in climate changes,” she says. “Or at least that these are not triggered by human activities.” ""
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Papers Reveal Source Of Ramanujan's Maths - New Movie Depicts Life

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 4 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Discover reports, "... on the 100th anniversary of Ramanujan’s arrival in Cambridge, the source of his equations was finally found. Ken Ono of Emory University, his graduate student Michael Griffin, and their colleague Ole Warnaar of the University of Queensland presented theorems they had just proved, which vastly generalize the work of Ramanujan and identify the source of his mathematical formulas. ... the two Rogers-Ramanujan identities were just specific examples of a literally infinite reservoir of general identities employing similar infinite sums and products. In Ono’s words, they had found the mother lode that gave Ramanujan his “gold nuggets.” This new, vast ocean of Rogers-Ramanujan-Ono-Griffin-Warnaar identities has the desirable property that it produces algebraic numbers (which are generally hard to obtain) quite readily. One of them is (phi) – the “golden ratio” ubiquitous in art and nature. " — The Deccan Chronicle reports, "The biopic of mathematical genius, Ramanujan, is all set for release in both Tamil and English. ... Abhinay Vaddi, a debutant who plays Ramanujan in the film, says, “I was most excited when I got this offer. ...” ... Abhinay loves mathematics in real life too, having opted for it for his post graduate. " — The trailer at the Times of India."
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"Belief In Evolution" Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 5 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Dan Kahan at the Yale Law School Cultural Cognition Project writes, "Because imparting basic comprehension of science in citizens is so critical to enlightened democracy, it is essential that we develop valid measures of it, so that we can assess and improve the profession of teaching science to people. ... The National Science Foundation has been engaged in the project of trying to formulate and promote such a measure for quite some time. A few years ago it came to the conclusion that the item "human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals," shouldn't be included when computing "science literacy." The reason was simple: the answer people give to this question doesn't measure their comprehension of science. People who score at or near the top on the remaining portions of the test aren't any more likely to get this item "correct" than those who do poorly on the remaining portions. What the NSF's evolution item does measure, researchers have concluded, is test takers' cultural identities, and in particular the centrality of religion in their lives." — A previous related post"
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Sexually Transmitted Virus Sterilizes Insects While Encouraging Mating

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 7 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "National Geographic reports, "Why would a sterile male cricket mate with an infertile female? On the surface, this behaviour makes no sense: sex takes energy and effort, and there’s nothing in it for either of these partners. Neither one can foster the next generation. Shelley Adamo from Dalhousie University has the answer. Her team have shown that one particular insect virus can sterilise crickets, but also change their behaviour so they continue to mate with each other. By doing so, they pass the virus on to uninfected hosts. This virus is the latest example of parasitic mind control ... Scientists have now documented hundreds of such manipulators." — TED2014 Video"
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Data-Stealing Snoopy Drone Unveiled At Black Hat

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 7 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "BBC reports, "Security firm SensePost has unveiled its Snoopy drone, which can steal data from unsuspecting smartphone users, at the Black Hat security conference in Singapore. The drone uses the company's software, which is installed on a computer attached to a drone. That code can be used to hack smartphones and steal personal data — all without a user's knowledge." — Ars Technica reports, "The researchers behind an earlier version of Snoopy that tracked only Wi-Fi signals have already used it to track more than 42,000 unique devices during a single 14-hour experiment in 2012 at the King's Cross train station in London. ... Snoopy has a creepy ability to collect a dizzying array of data, such as unique device IDs, including their changing locations, the Wi-Fi access points the devices hail, and unencrypted data carried in their radio signals. Once the data is collected and stockpiled, virtually all of it can cross-referenced to reveal key details about the users, including their employers and friends, and possibly names and addresses. To make it easier to find relationships, the data can be visualized using Maltego or similar software. "What's nice is this pulls all the data together and allows you to explore it over time," Wilkinson said."
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The 3D Economy - What happens when everyone prints their own shoes?

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 7 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "From Reason: "Last May, Cody Wilson produced an ingeniously brief but nuanced manifesto about individual liberty in the age of the ever-encroaching techno-state-a single shot fired by a plastic pistol fabricated on a leased 3D printer. While Wilson dubbed his gun The Liberator, his interests and concerns are broader than merely protecting the Second Amendment. ... Wilson is ultimately aiming for the "transcendence of the state." And yet because of the nature of his invention, many observers reacted to his message as reductively as can be: "OMG, guns!" ... But if armies of Davids really want to transcend the state, there are even stronger weapons at their disposal: toothbrush holders, wall vases, bottle openers, shower caddies, and tape dispensers. ... Imagine what will happen when millions of people start using the tools that produced The Liberator to make, copy, swap, barter, buy, and sell all the quotidian stuff with which they furnish their lives. Rest in peace, Bed, Bath & Beyond. Thanks for all the stuff, Foxconn, but we get our gadgets from Pirate Bay and MEGA now. Once the retail and manufacturing carnage starts to scale, the government carnage will soon follow. How can it not, when only old people pay sales tax, fewer citizens obtain their incomes from traditional easy-to-tax jobs, and large corporate taxpayers start folding like daily newspapers? Without big business, big government can't function.""
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% in US Believe in Medical Conspiracy Theories

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 7 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "NY Daily News reports, "About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to new survey results. (paywalled, first page viewable) Some conspiracy theories have much more traction than others ... three times as many people believe U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures as believe that a U.S. spy agency infected a large number of African Americans with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). J. Eric Oliver, the study's lead author from University of Chicago, said people may believe in conspiracy theories because they're easier to understand than complex medical information. ... Some 49 percent of the survey participants agreed with at least one of the conspiracies. In fact, in addition to the 37 percent of respondents who fully agreed that U.S. regulators are suppressing access to natural cures, less than a third were willing to say they actively disagreed with the theory." — One of the conspiracy theories, that the US created the AIDs virus, was created for an active disinformation campaign by the Soviet Union against the US as a form of political warfare during the Cold War, and still gets repeated."
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