Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages
They were originally called private messages. That might be where the crutch of this case's success will lie.
Greenland Repeals Radioactive Mining Ban
Spelling nazi aside, where is it that you're from where you use don't use 1 as the statistical unit of measurement for counting votes? I guess you could have 73-72, and divide by 5, but that's still a 1 unit deviation. 1/29 does carry more weight than 1/145, but either way, both are quite close. Although I'm not sure what statistical unit you were using in "14.6-14.4," but compared with "15-14," one vote is the most minimal statistical unit that can be used to express the data. The usage of staggeringly seems appropriate.
Flies See the World In Slo-Mo, Say Researchers
"I HURRRRRRRRT MY ELLLLLLLBOWWWWWWWWWWWWW"
Radical New Icebreaker Will Travel Through the Ice Sideways
Well, I'm not a scientist in this field of study, but I wouldn't be surprised if these helped that process along.
Break ice into smaller pieces (e.g. cut huge swaths of it in half and so on), and it'll melt faster.
Same way you cut a stick of butter into smaller pieces before melting it down when cooking
Ad Networks Lay Path To Million-Strong Browser Botnet
Ghostery and Adblock FTW.
Patent Infringement Suit Includes Linking URLs In an Email
You are shocked, shocked to know that patents are being used anti-competitively in a court of law.
Don't you tell me what to think now, too.
BitCoin Mining, Other Virtual Activity Taxable Under US Law
You can't tax what you can't see.
Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosting Git Repositories?
Also, for the record, I've set this up for clients for self-hosted project space, and I use it for my personal projects as well. It's installation procedure may seem a bit clunky, but it does the job well and is easily extendable. I continue to recommend it, it's excellent software and it's only getting better.
Seriously, check it out: http://gitlab.org/
Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosting Git Repositories?
Where exactly did the submission say this was for open source software? Company implies private source to me, but maybe that's just me.
Anyway, something worthy of moderation would be http://gitlab.org/
Disease Outbreak Threatens the Future of Good Coffee
It is not so much the climate change, but the mass production from genetically manipulated plants.
So.. blame Monsanto? ^_^
Oracle Reinstates Free Time Zone Updates For Java 7
One Raging Asshole Called Larry Ellison.
Lehk228 had it spot on. They tried to get away with it, and failed. Unfortunately, they usually get away with it.
Northern Hemisphere Pollution a Cause of '80s Africa Drought
If that was caused my industrial pollution in the U.S. 30-odd years ago, what can we expect from the pollution China is dishing out?
FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month
Define "server." Software? Hardware? I think that clause of the ToS is bullshit, and here's why.
If running a "server" is a violation of a ToS, then every single person that has file-sharing enabled on their Windows computer at home is liable to be disconnected. In fact, anybody that has an xbox or a media center PC is likely in violation of this clause, too. I think that the amount of bandwidth he was using was massively unreasonable, but seriously, if you're going to terminate someone, AT LEAST CALL IT WHAT IT IS. Just put a clause into the residential ToS that states that anything beyond 25-50TB in a month is unreasonable and grounds for termination. Ugh.
Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?
Mainstream is also becoming more acquainted with the absolute lack of privacy you are granted when using Google products.
And, more importantly, they're beginning to understand what that lack of privacy means.
An omnipotent device made by a company that makes $$$ analyzing your personal information? No thanks.
Lenovo To Drop Iomega Brand On Joint EMC Products
Driver issue or a hardware issue? I always remember my ZIP hardware being solid as a rock.
Move Over Apple - Samsung Files For a Patent On Page Turn
level of restraint on the submitter
Found your problem!
Canada Revenue Agency To Tax BitCoin Transactions
And how exactly do they plan to accomplish this? Technical explanation required.
No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed
Technically illiterate people shouldn't make policy decisions regarding technology.
Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'
Yes, we can probably be assured it's just the usual semi-innocent profit-seeking capitalism encourages us to partake in.
I do find it amusing they chose to single out Google, though. It's really the pot calling the kettle black, although time-lapsed by a decade or so.
Personally, I think they should have targeted Apple if they were going for the "Hail Mary" approach to deal with their own unpopularity.
Draft Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Update Expands Powers and Penalties
I’m a constituent calling on you to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. 1030. This law contains vague language that broadly criminalizes accessing a computer "without authorization," carries heavy-handed penalties, and shows no regard for whether an act was done to further the public good. We saw how these laws could be abused in the case of Aaron Swartz, a recently-deceased 26-year-old coder and social activist who was hounded by the Justice Department in a relentless and unjust felony prosecution.
The CFAA needs three critical fixes: first, terms of service violations must not be considered crimes. Second, if a user is allowed to access information, it should not be a crime to access that data in a new or innovative way -- which means commonplace computing techniques that protect privacy or help test security cannot be illegal. And finally, penalties must be made proportionate to offenses: minor violations should be met with minor penalties.
While it is too late to intervene on behalf of Aaron, it’s not too late to ensure that this harm is not done to future social justice activists and security researchers. Please hold a Congressional hearing to examine the ongoing abuses of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and similar laws, and champion reform so that the potential punishments fit the crimes.
You can write to them easily here: https://www.eff.org/aarons-law
Take the time to add a note to the end of the boilerplate about how you WILL NOT vote for them if they don't act.
Senators and Representatives, even somebody like me who doesn't follow all things politics-related can still see how you vote and how well you represent my interests via http://www.opencongress.org/ , at the very least. Just remember, we are watching.
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