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Submission + - ICANN recommends TLDs like .txt -- and .exe (icann.org) 1

fyngyrz writes: ICANN says, in part:

Given preliminary feedback that there is not a technical need to prevent file extensions as TLDs, as well as the lack of an authoritative source of common file extensions to draw from, staff determined that it is not workable to prevent common file extensions from being used as TLDs.

To summarize, it is the recommendation of the ICANN technical staff to allow applications for TLD strings that may also be commonly used for file extensions.

But will ICANN approve such applications? If so, we can all look forward to opportunities to click on...


Submission + - Secton 230 of the CDA under threat. (mercurynews.com)

whoever57 writes: The CEO of Backpage was recently arrested for "pimping". It is likely that the charges will not stick because of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), under which publishers are protected from liability for the postings of their users. However, this could just be the first shot in the battle to weaken section 230. . This could endanger other sites, such as Craigslist, and ultimately, any site with user-written content.

Submission + - Man sues Yahoo for gender discrimination. (huffingtonpost.com)

whoever57 writes: Gregory Anderson was fired by Yahoo in November 2014. Now he has filed a lawsuit alleging that Yahoo discriminated against men. He alleges that the discrimination originated from Mayer, and ran through review, hiring and firing processes. The complaint states that one executive, Kathy Savitt, hired women almost exclusively to management positions in the Media division.
Mr. Anderson also alleges that Yahoo violated employment laws regarding mass layoffs.

Submission + - Man arrested for 'jailbreaking' iPhones (nhk.or.jp)

An anonymous reader writes: Japanese police have arrested a hacker for illegally removing software restrictions on Apple's iPhones and selling the devices.

Daisuke Ikeda, who is 24 and from Toyama City, is suspected of what's called "jailbreaking" and infringing Apple's intellectual property rights.

Police say Ikeda removed software restrictions imposed by iOS, iPhone's operating system, and sold five such devices on an online auction site around April. They say the suspect has admitted the allegation.

Submission + - Mozilla Releases 'Rebellious' Selfie App Against EU Copyright Reform

An anonymous reader writes: In response to the European Union’s (EU) proposed copyright reforms, web browser Mozilla has created a new app, called Post Crimes, which it believes highlights the outdated and harmful nature of the proposals. Mozilla argues that the reforms make everyday online activities like education and parody unlawful. It suggests that making memes, gifs and certain selfies illegal in some countries is a ridiculous proposition, and aims to open up the debate further through the Post Crimes platform. The aim of the app is to encourage users to take a selfie in front of European landmarks, which would be technically unlawful to photograph, such as the Eiffel Tower’s night-time light display. The selfies are then forwarded as postcards to members of the European Parliament. Mozilla hopes that this rebellious approach will show policymakers just how outdated the copyright reforms really are.

Submission + - Accenture Wants A Blockchain Editing Tool

Mickeycaskill writes: One of the core principles of Blockchain technology has potentially been undermined by the creation of an editing tool.

The company responsible however, Accenture, says edits would only be carried out “under extraordinary circumstances to resolve human errors, accommodate legal and regulatory requirements, and address mischief and other issues, while preserving key cryptographic features.”

Because Blockchain is effectively run by a network of unrelated computers, it produces a permanent ledger of transactions with which no one can tamper. Until now.

Accenture’s move to create an editing system will no doubt be viewed by some technology observers as a betrayal of what blockchain technology is all about. But the company insisted it is needed, especially in the financial services industry.

“The prototype represents a significant breakthrough for enterprise uses of blockchain technology particularly in banking, insurance and capital markets,” said Accenture.

Submission + - The FBI Appears To Have Caught The 2011 Kernel.org Hacker (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI seems to have solved the mysterious case of the 2011 kernel.org hack, when an unknown attacker breached kernel.org servers and attempted to install a rootkit in the kernel code. As years went by, the Linux Kernel Organization kept avoiding releasing an incident response surrounding the event, irking their community accustomed to more open communication from their leaders. The mystery seems to have been solved when yesterday a Florida man was arrested and charged with "hacking the Linux Kernel Organization" and installing a "rootkit and trojan software," just like in the 2011 kernel.org server breach.

Submission + - Chinese Are Hunting Chinese Over POP3 In Fjord Country (blogspot.com)

badger.foo writes: Yes, you read that right: There is a coordinated effort in progress to steal Chinese-sounding users' mail, targeting machines at the opposite end of the Eurasian landmass (and probably elsewhere), with the attempts coming exclusively from Chinese networks. This weirdness of course turned up on Peter Hansteen's doorstep (or rather his servers), and it's the topic of his latest column.

Submission + - The U.S. plan to bomb Pagan Island, the worst place ever (guamblog.com)

dcblogs writes: The U.S. is being sued over its plan to take one of the Pacific's most beautiful places, Pagan Island, and turn into a training facility and bombing range for the U.S. military. “Families who formerly resided on Pagan would be forever banished from returning to their home island, which would be turned into a militarized wasteland,” according to the lawsuit filed by lawsuit filed by Earthjustice, which is representing some the groups in the Northern Mariana Islands fighting this action. The 18-square-mile island, which is part Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and a U.S. territory, is about about the size of Hartford, Conn. It is a volcanic island, shaped by magma and violent explosions. There are large rock outcrops, cliffs, King Kong Island-type vistas, relatively high elevations and plateaus. The island was evacuated in 1981 because of volcanic activity, but a handful of people have taken up residence. The government's proposal is reminiscent of the takeover of Bikini Atoll in 1946, which was used for nuclear testing. The U.S. Environmental Impact Statement suggest that the government has made plans to protect the native’s island wildlife. For instance, consider the protections for the fruit bat. “The proposed 0.5- mile (0.8-kilometer) buffer zone around each (Fruit Bat) colony will significantly reduce the potential for aircraft strikes of fruit bats.” [Emphasis added]

Comment Re:is torrent still a thing? (Score 4, Insightful) 118

Torrents are not supported by my VPN provider, streaming sites are.

That is more an indictment of the shortcomings of the VPN provider you chose.

Streaming is a 1:Many relationship which is prohibitively costly. For media: This may be subsidized by advertising, tracking, or malware. A 'capture' of a stream will not yield a unique hash so services such as cover art scrapers and subtitle-downloaders will yield non-optimal results. The file is also unlikely to be compressed in a way that maximizes quality while efficiently using disc space and processing power. For applications/OSes: This can become unsustainable for a small company or result in overloaded and slow servers for a large company (ie: ASUS).

Torrents allow for leeching (Many:1) and seeding (Many:Many) which takes the burden off the host, allows redundancy, and achieves far greater speeds than having a single point from which to obtain the files.

Submission + - New browser fingerprinting site launched

AnonymousCube writes: The University of Adelaide and ACEMS has launched a new browser fingerprinting test suite.
On the site you can see what data can be used to track you and how unique your fingerprint is.
The site includes new tests such as detecting software such as Privacy Badger via how social media buttons are disabled and CSS only (no JavaScript or flash) tests to get screen size and installed fonts.

Comment Re:I recommend you don't have anything to do with (Score 1) 7

Don't waste your time voting in a system that was never meant to be for actual people.

While the system is obviously designed to be easily gamed, doing nothing will achieve nothing.

The status quo is maintained by pitting two identical opponents against each other with a massive 'us v them' campaign. Voting for minor parties and independents won't have any bearing on the results of THIS election, but will serve as a catalyst for change in the following ways:

  • 1. Signal to voters that they are not alone in looking at alternatives
  • 2. Signal to parties that their policies are unpopular
  • 3. Signal to potential independent candidates that they have a chance of making change

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