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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

vivaoporto Re:Before someone have the nerve to defend it read (772 comments)

More excerpts can be read at The 10 most harrowing excerpts from the CIA interrogation report on Washington Post.

Don't know if behind paywall, got there via Google so if it doesn't work google the title and read it.

The heavily redacted 480-page report - published on Tuesday - covered the treatment of around 100 suspects rounded up by US operatives between 2001 and 2009 on terrorism charges.

The full 6,200-page report remains classified. Ahead of the publication of the report, the US had tightened security at its embassies across the globe.

Can you imagine what is on the other 6000Â pages? If this is what they decided to release imagine what they decided to keep hidden.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

vivaoporto Re:Before someone have the nerve to defend it read (772 comments)

At DETENTION SITE COBALT, detainees were often held down, naked, on a tarp on the floor, with the tarp pulled up around them to form a makeshift tub, while cold or refrigerated water was poured on them. Others were hosed down repeatedly while they were shackled naked, in the standing sleep deprivation position. These same detainees were subsequently placed in rooms with temperatures ranging from 59 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

two detainees that each had a broken foot were also subjected to walling, stress positions, and cramped confinement, despite the note in their interrogation plans that these specific enhanced interrogation techniques were not requested because of the medical condition of the detainees..

CIA records indicate that Majid Khan cooperated with the feedings and was permitted to infuse the fluids and nutrients himself. After approximately three weeks, the CIA developed a more aggressive treatment regimen "without unnecessary conversation." Majid Khan was then subjected to involuntary rectal feeding and rectal hydration, which included two bottles of Ensure. Later that same day, Majid Khan's "lunch tray," consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins, was "pureed" and rectally infused. Additional sessions of rectal feeding and hydration followed..

No comments needed.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

vivaoporto Before someone have the nerve to defend it read it (772 comments)

Additional sessions of rectal feeding and hydration followed. In addition to his hunger strikes, Majid Klian engaged in acts of self-harm that included attempting to cut his wrist on two occasions, an attempt to chew into his arm at the inner elbow, an attempt to cut a vein in the top of his foot, and an attempt to cut into his skin at the elbow joint using a filed toothbrush.

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about two weeks ago
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Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

vivaoporto Comparison to Wikinews (167 comments)

The probable most obvious question is how will that project differentiate itself from Wikinews?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

vivaoporto First and foremost (176 comments)

Get a good accountant to keep the books in order. Get a good lawyer so you always have someone vetting your contracts and preventing or solving any litigation you may find yourself entangled.

Don't try to do all by yourself, delegate everything you are not a specialist so you can focus on your core aptitudes.

about a month ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

vivaoporto Re:Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

Taking advantage of your presence in here and, trying to keep as much away from the merits of the criticism (or lack thereof), can you shed some light on the process that led to the adoption of systemd as the default init system for Debian?

about a month ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

vivaoporto Re:Wrong (180 comments)

What about webfonts? Any text with fonts outside the list of websafe fonts used to be passed as images.

Either that or dreaded hacks with Flash or, heaven forbids, Cufon.

about 2 months ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

vivaoporto You have all been trained to accept this as normal (286 comments)

You have all been trained to accept this as normal- NCSI (the TV show, among most police procedurals) shows the resident geeks (McGee and Abby) operating dragnets on cellphone metadata, surveillance camera images, internet data and metadata, GPS locations and even breaking into classified networks to fetch this or that file on the suspect that they were not supposed or cleared to have.

You know they are justified because of the foregone conclusion: you have seen the evildoer doing the bad deed and you are rooting for him get caught.

Although real life doesn't work that way people are conditioned to believe if law enforcement bent the rules they did it in order to untangle themselves from the red tape and get the bad guys.

Those rules are there for a reason (look up general warrants and why the U.S. founding fathers specifically banned them in the 4th amendment), to prevent the exact kind of abuse that is happening right how.

But the media is doing the damnedest effort to convince the people that if police accuse someone he is certainly guilty of something and it is a matter of digging deep and broad enough to nail him.

about 3 months ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

vivaoporto Subject bait (379 comments)

This post (like the one with the Brazuca for the World Cup) is certainly subject bait. It works because it attracts lots of tangentially on topic comments but that doesn't have anything to do with the subject matter of the article.

So please, don't fall for it. Don't spend the whole comment section arguing about causes and consequences of the conflict, who started it, who deserves is, etc.

Stay on topic and discuss the technical aspects of the missile system, at least that is what should be discussed here.

On bizarro world Slashdot, maybe ...

about 5 months ago
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Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

vivaoporto Long and drawn-out death but will be missed (71 comments)

Orkut is dead a long time ago but it was not always this cesspool of spam, chain letters and filth. Once upon a time it was a cool project.....

In the best of my recollection, once upon a time, in 2004, Orkut (the site) was nothing but a 20% project of some Orkut Buyukkokten dude on Google. It had a simple goal: to connect Orkut (the dude) with his close friend and to map the whole six degrees of separation thing. In an era of the web development when breadcrumbs where not in vogue Orkut (the site) had it, even two: one with the degrees of separation between you and whoever profile you were viewing (through your common friends network) and the other with the degrees of separation between you and Orkut (the dude).

And in the very beginning it worked because it was invite only and that made the invitees to be more or less part of the same socioeconomic and cultural background (even among countries). Orkut (the dude) invited his pals on Google Campus and on Stanford. Some Stanford dude invited some Brazilian dude on a federal university (UFRGS), who invited his pals on campus, who invited some pals on other federal universities (UTMG, UFV, UFRJ) and, in the invite only degrees of separation phase, everything was good and beautiful.

Everybody knew everybody else, connections were forged, Adam Rifkin gamed the system, some robot put people in jail, baby animals got lasers and everybody partied hard.

The it died, the cool kids moved away either to Facebook or completely away from public social networks. Now get off my lawn!

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

vivaoporto Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

The organisation mentioned question is W3C, the one that approved the EME standard.

That Mozilla would cave and compromise their own mission is a natural consequence of the Prisoner Dilemma caused by this decision, It is further proof that facilitating DRM has a negative effect in organisations whose missions involve freedom instead of short term convenience.

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

vivaoporto Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

Nothing will be compromised, because the distributions for people who care about FreedomLibre(tm) or whatever we're calling it this week will offer builds without the feature, perhaps exclusively.

True, but that is not the point being presented there. The concern is if it is appropriate for an organization whose primary goal is to make the benefits of the social value of the Web "available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability" go out of its way to enable an application that is inherently contradictory to that goal?

Because its existence threatens your non-DRM'ed media how?

Not at all. But on the other hand, if it doesn't advance the very reason for the group to exist, what is the motivation to include it in the standard at all? It is not only up to the developers, the stated purpose of the group is to advance a Web that is "FreedomLibre(tm) or whatever we're calling it this week".

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

vivaoporto Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

Yeah, to voluntarily compromise on another freedom so people from the following areas can watch Netflix online: United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Nordic countries.

Because without it nobody would ever put videos online.

about 7 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

vivaoporto Re:Interstitials - on mobile! (199 comments)

To clarify, the above post refers to the ads on Slashdot when browsing on mobile, not necessarily interstitials.

about 7 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

vivaoporto Re:Interstitials - on mobile! (199 comments)

In some cases

For instance here on Slashdot. On Safari (for iPhone) it tries (and fails miserably) to occupy the whole bottom of the page, all over over the comments. If you zoom in it grows and occupies an even bigger slice of the screen, and on landscape mode it overflows outside the screen, to the right, preventing you from clicking the close button.

The close button is very very small and the hitbox is ridiculous, if you hit anything outside it doesn't count. If you hit anything below it it opens the ad. I can only hit it touching with the very very very tip of the finger, almost with the nail.

Every once in a while an auto playing video comes up. I didn't even knew it was possible, first time it ever came to me in an ad, many years, several iterations of IOS and slashdot was the first site to show me an auto playing video ad on mobile. On a limited plan 3G connection!

But the more annoying feature: it shows even with Ads Disabled.

Thanks again for helping make Slashdot great!

Yeah, right! Who needs enemies with friends like these. The fact it shows even with Ads Disabled (on Safari for IOS but not on Safari for Mac) implies it is an attempt to cash in on the mobile revenue, "user experience" be damned.

about 7 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

vivaoporto Commits code changes automatically (521 comments)

My IDE commits code changes automatically

TFA doesn't mention this and, if the summary writer meant "commit" as in version control commit, this would be a killer bug in the whole process.

Version control is not meant to be used as a backup, every commit should be deliberate, reviewed and well explained in the comments. Vide the post mortem of the heartbleed bug (or many other similar ones).

about 7 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

vivaoporto Dupe (415 comments)

Dupe from a couple of months ago: Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In Posted by timothy on Saturday March 01, 2014

Time to copy all high moderated posts from the older article. Actually, there is no need: given that the purpose of posting this article is to bring the echo chamber rambling that this is why apple suck, simply posting "that's why I don't have an iPhone" is enough for +5 insightful.

about 7 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

vivaoporto Implying Slashdot isn't guilty of the same charges (180 comments)

And to cleanse yourself of the ads with autoplaying sound, you can visit the GitHub page itself.

Implying Slashdot isn't equally guilty of the same damn charge. About a week ago, while indulging myself in my daily fix while on my cellphone, I'll be damned if an ad on this very site (Slashdot) not only showed a video ad but the damn thing even autoplayed. I was not logged in at that moment so I can't confirm if it would have affected me while logged in.

This kind of behaviour is not only damn annoying but also use my precious (expensive and limited) 3G limit.

Damn Slashdot, for sure that's not the way to monetize the site. Mobile users surely get abused these days, and then when someone figures how to make an effective and pervasise ad blocker for all mobile OS the industry will come crying "we have no way to monetize the site now".

Behave now or suffer later.

about 8 months ago

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Inside the precision hack

vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 5 years ago

vivaoporto (1064484) writes "As the poll is closed and the votes are tallied, Time.com releases the result for its "World most influential person". The stunning result: moot. Ahead of heavy weights like Obama, Dalai Lama and Vladimir Puting, the founder and owner of the site the must not be named (Rules 1 and 2, respectively) was elected with 16,794,368 votes, an order of magnitude ahead of the second place.

The explanation for this unlikely turn of events is explained in a fine piece of investigative journalism called Inside the precision hack, that unveils the whole plot from the desire to give the victory to moot to the fine grained adjustment in the initial of the 21 most voted, in order to spell: "MARBLE CAKE ALSO THE GAME", an in joke in the inner circle of moot's creation."

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Parents unaware of son's 60-foot phallus

vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Race of Champions em Portugal writes "Several sources such as UPI.com, Air America Media and the The Telegraph reports that a man in the British town of Hungerford and his wife were unaware their teenage son had painted a 60-foot phallus on their home's roof.

Rory McInnes, the 18-year-old son, was inspired after watching a television program about Google Earth. Even though web surfers could view the image from satellites using the Google Earth software, Rory's parents were not aware of the painting until a pilot called The Sun newspaper, which then contacted Rory's father. Mr McInnes, 54, a company director, thought the newspaper was having a joke.

"When Rory gets home he will be given a scrubbing brush and white spirit and he can go and scrub it off" McInnes said of the punishment awaiting his son, who is currently in Brazil on a gap year."

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Warner Bros launches "made-to-order" DVD s

vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Race of Champions em Portugal writes "According to LA Times, Reuters and The New York Times, Warner Bros is now the first studio to open its film vault to "made-to-order" DVDs. At warnerarchive.com, the studio is now selling about 150 movies from its library, and they can be ordered directly for $19.95 each.

The on-demand service allows Warner Bros. to avoid the risk of manufacturing too many copies of old or obscure titles and shipping them to retailers because customers directly order only the titles they want to buy. The consumer who visits the site initially will find 150 classic titles from Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM and RKO that each can be ordered either as a computer download ($14.95) or as a DVD ($19.95) that arrives in the mailbox approximately five days after purchase."
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Internet explorer 8 to be released today

vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 5 years ago

web design em portugal writes "As reported by multiple news outlets like CNET, CNN Money, PC Magazine, Computerworld, among others, Microsoft will release Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) at 9 a.m. PDT today at the MIX09 conference for Web developers and designers, in Las Vegas.

Among its new features are an attempt to provide better standard compliance, greater control over whether to save or erase the browsing history (porn mode), the Smart Address bar (equivalent to Firefox Awesome Bar). But maybe the best new feature (for web developers, at least) is that it pushes Internet Explorer 6 even further down, freeing the world of that less capable, less secure and quirk prone browser."
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30GB Zunes Failing Everywhere, All At Once

vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Web design em Portugal writes "According to Gizmodo, the 30GB model of the Microsoft music player Zune "began freezing at about midnight last night, becoming totally unresponsive and practically useless. (...) The evidence seems to point to a software glitch, but simple resets aren't providing any relief."

"Zune frozen", "reset zune" and "zune troubleshooting" are the top 3 Google Trends right now, what lends credibility that this is a widespread phenomenon."
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Free Ride to Venus, Anyone?

vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Webdesign em Portugal writes "Arstechnica reports that the Japanese Space Agency is now accepting proposals for a microprobe that will accompany the launch of their upcoming mission to Venus. They will provide a free ride on their rocket that will put your hardware on a trajectory towards Venus as long as you give them a probe that pass all of their requirements."
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Babies show 'social intelligence'

vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  about 7 years ago

vivaoporto writes "At the age of six months, most babies have barely learnt to sit up, let alone crawl, walk or talk. But, according to new research, they can already assess someone's intentions towards them, deciding who is a likely friend or enemy.

"By six months, babies have learnt quite a lot and they are taking things in," said Kiley Hamlin, lead author of the research. "We can't say that it is hard-wired (exists in a newborn baby) but we can say it is pre-linguistic and pre-explicit teaching," she told BBC News.

"The babies were sat on their parents' laps and shown a display representing a character trying to climb a hill. The climbing character, which had eyes to make it human-like, was either knocked down the hill by an unhelpful character (a toy of a different shape and color) or pushed up the hill by a helper cartoon figure (another shape and color)," the research noted."

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vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vivaoporto writes "Film rental firm Blockbuster is to rent high-definition DVDs in the Blu-ray format only at 1,450 of its US stores.

The move is viewed as a blow for the rival Toshiba-backed HD DVD format — which has been battling against the Blu-ray format, supported by Sony.

The North American HD DVD Promotional Group said Blockbuster's move was short sighted, and had been prompted by the success of films released exclusively in the Blu-ray format in early 2007 such as Casino Royale and Spider Man."

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vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vivaoporto writes "Reuters reports that Texas police arrested seven convicted sex offenders after MySpace handed over identity details about the former members of the Internet social network. The arrests, which occurred over a two-week period, come after authorities in several states asked MySpace to hand over information on convicted sex offenders. MySpace began working with authorities in May after tense negotiations over the legality of divulging its users' information. Most states require convicted sex offenders to register their contact information with local authorities after being released from prison. Lawmakers are now pushing for the registration of valid e-mail addresses as part of the requirement."
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vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vivaoporto writes "The U.S. Department of Defense said it will block worldwide access to 13 websites including MySpace and YouTube Today from the unclassified defense Department Internet(NIPRNet), according to media reports.

The ban, which takes place immediately, actually was imposed in February and was not prompted by any event or study, according to Army Col. Gary Keck, a Defense Department spokesman. He confirmed that bandwidth was the issue and said the decision is "not about content."

The new policy takes effect as the military has, ironically, aggressively turned to YouTube as a means of broadcasting what it considers to be the more positive aspects of its work in Iraq and Afghanistan as a way of countering what it considers to be negative news coverage.

The sites blocked by the Defense Department: MySpace, YouTube, Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos, FileCabi, BlackPlanet, hi5, Photobucket, Pandora, MTV, 1.fm and Live365."
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vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vivaoporto writes "Employees at Google's New York offices can rest easier now that Kaiser, a 3-foot-long ball python, has been captured after disappearing from his tank on Sunday, a Google spokeswoman said yesterday.

"What you have heard is true and was not an April Fool's Day joke," spokeswoman Ellen West told PC Advisor's sister title Computerworld US. "One of our Googlers lost a pet python named Kaiser in our New York office over the weekend. We are pleased to report that Kaiser was located in the office last night, Monday, 2 April. Kaiser was taken home by his owner and is no longer in the building."

Related articles on CNN Money and MSNBC sites."
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vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vivaoporto writes "Joshua Wolf, the freelance videographer (previously interviewed here on Slashdot) who served the longest prison term for a journalist refusing to testify to a grand jury is expected to be freed from federal prison. After reaching a deal with prosecutors, he could be freed as soon as today after posting online unaired videotape that he had refused to give federal authorities, said defense lawyer David Greene.

Under an agreement announced by Wolf's attorneys, he will not have to testify to the grand jury or identify any of the protesters shown in his video. More details here."
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vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vivaoporto (1064484) writes "Just a few short weeks after Marvel killed off Captain America, Newyorkbusiness.com reports that Marvel unveiled plans for a $1B theme park in Dubai. Marvel is building the part with help of a regional firm, Al Ahli Group, and negotiations have been underway for the past two years. Is it possible that Cap, an icon of Americana, was killed off so there would be no American overtones to the park? Let's face it — most of Marvel's other heros could appear on any national background with little change, but good old Captain America may just be too much for an international marketplace — especially in the Mideast today. Did our current involvement in the Mideast force Marvel to kill off Cap? What do /.ers think?""
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vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vivaoporto writes "The Beta version of the popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu 7.04, was released today. Codenamed Feisty Fawn, the CD images can be downloaded from the Canonical Servers, and the final version is due to be released next month. Get it while it's hot! Read more about it on the official wiki"
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vivaoporto vivaoporto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vivaoporto writes "As seen on Forbes, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, the four broadcast conglomerates (Clear Channel Communications, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications and Citadel Broadcasting), which together own more than 1,500 stations, have agreed to pay hefty fines and to provide air time for local artists and independent record labels. as a settlement with the FCC. The radio chains, which didn't admit wrongdoing, are to pay a collective $12.5 million in fines and dedicate a total of 8,400 half-hour segments to independent music over the next three years. (Indie labels, for purposes of the settlement, are those not owned or controlled by one of the nation's four dominant music labels — Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and EMI Group)"

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