Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned
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.
A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System
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 ...
Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+
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!
Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
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.
Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
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".
Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
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.
To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...
To clarify, the above post refers to the ads on Slashdot when browsing on mobile, not necessarily interstitials.
To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...
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.
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).
Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android
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.
Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet
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.
Ukrainian Protesters Receive Mass Text Message Ordering Them To Disperse
Creating draconian laws to supress the right to peaceful assemble and protest is an increasing (and worrying) trend.
It happens all across the globe and it is mostly as a reactive mechanism from the governments against the number of massive popular protests facilitated (but not created or organized) by the social media.
Some examples of these protests (there are others, these are from the top of my head):
February 15, 2003 anti-war protest: The February 15, 2003 anti-war protest was a coordinated day of protests across the world in which people in more than 600 cities expressing opposition to the imminent Iraq War. (...) According to BBC News, between six and ten million people took part in protests in up to sixty countries over the weekend of the 15th and 16th; other estimates range from eight million to thirty million.
The 2011 Egyptian protests (better known by the "Tahrir Square" protests): In February 1st alone "[t]he BBC reported the number of protesters in Tahrir Square ranged from "more than 100,000 to some 250,000-the square's maximum capacity." Egyptian security forces stated that 500,000 people participated in the protests in Cairo alone."
2011-12 Spanish protests (The "indignados"): According to statistics published by RTVE, the Spanish public broadcasting company, between 6.5 and 8 million Spaniards have participated in these protests:
2013 protests in Brazil: In June 20 alone "Protests in over 100 cities around the country rallied over 2 million people."
2013 protests in Turkey: 3.5 million of Turkey's 80 million people are estimated to have taken part in almost 5000 demonstrations across Turkey connected with the original Gezi Park protest.
Some governments like the Syrian, the Bahraini and the new (same as old) Egyptian did not tolerate and supressed with enormous amount of brutality in the very beggining their (then) peaceful protests that were organized in a similar fashion than the ones mentioned above.
The rest of the world governments watched and understood that they cannot afford the risk to let some small local matter (like increasing the bus fare in some cities in Brasil, or cutting down some trees in Turkey) to become the catalyst to mass protests.
Measures like these in Ukraine will happen more and more and won't be limited to countries with nascent democracies (like Ukraine) or repressive dictactorships (like Syria). In Spain proposals were already made to criminalize and regulate forms of protest. Thailand invoked "security laws" to curb theirs.
And without a doubt most other countries, eastern and western alike, will change their legislations, enact new laws and enforce old ones to ensure one thing: that the massive indignation and lack of confidence in the democratic process won't become a full blown revolution.
Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.
IIRC it already does.
Despite of that I believe there are plenty of dependencies and assumptions by the other software running in the machine that explorer.exe is the installed shell that it is not realistic that the replacement would be without issues.
CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet
That would be the least of the concerns. Just imagine if they accidentally train it to the /b/ images.
"Oh God, what have I done!"
Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video
About talking to cops and the fifth ammendment, it is a good thing you have there in America, the right to remain silent is one of the few thin lines that separates your country from situations like this
Yet "police throughout [Iraq] continued to use abusive and coerced confessions as methods of investigations," the State Department cites in its latest report, adding, "Credible accounts of abuse and torture during arrest and investigation, in pretrial detention, and after conviction, particularly by police and army were common." The State Department says former prisoners, detainees and human rights groups detail methods including "stress positions, beatings, broken fingers, electric shocks, suffocation, burning, removal of fingernails, suspension from the ceiling, overextending the spine, beatings on the soles of the feet with plastic and metal rods, forcing victims to drink large quantities of water then preventing urination, sexual assault, denial of medical treatment, and death threats."
Confessions have long been a deliberate element in Iraqi justice, both before and after Saddam's rule. The justice system, based largely on Islamic and tribal tradition, has always placed the importance of confessions above other types of considered evidence. Here, it's called the Master of the Evidence, similar to the Latin phrase Confession est regina probationum, or "Confession is the queen of proofs," which justified the use of forced confessions during the Middle Ages.
Denying the state the incentive of extracting a confession "by any means necessary" is one of the best gifts your founding fathers left for you. Removing that safeguard from your justice system will certainly be detrimental. You may think it will never be used against the innocent but one should never forget the famous quotation by H. L. Mencken:
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized
Actually, considering what was revealed on a previous article (DEA Program "More Troubling" Than NSA)
"The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to "recreate" the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated"
it is more likely than not that a very clear paper trail will be shown that it all happened by good old fashioned police investigation as you described.
It doesn't mean it was not obtained with an illicit program to begin with, only that they were able to cross the "t"s an dot the "i"s later.
Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?
That reminds me of that Monty Python famous scene
Listen, lad. I built this kingdom up from nothing. When I started here, all there was was swamp. Other kings said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It sank into the swamp. So, I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So, I built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp, but the fourth one... stayed up! And that's what you're gonna get, lad: the strongest castle in these islands.
Seems like that's all Steve Ballmer will leave to his heir at Microsoft
Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS
But does it run Windows?
Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?
First: it only take one of your FB friends to tag a picture of you with your new profile that were tagged before in your old profile to link both accounts.
Second: why would you trust FB (or any other third party service, anyway) with your information if you want it to keep private? Social networking (and the internet in general) is for publication of info (with emphasis in the "public" part of publication).
Bottom line: keep your private things in your own disk, not in a service designed to share content with as many people as you can.
Fukushima Daiichi Water Leak Raised To Level 3 Severity
Japanese experienced a level-3 nuclear event in 1997 with the fire and explosions at a fuel reprocessing plant in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture. 37 workers there were exposed to the leaked radioactive substances.
What was the fate of the 1997 workers exposed like that? That would be a good way to assess what kind of consequences we could expect from the current incident,
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