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Submission + - SPAM: Attempts to Frame Assange as a Pedophile and Russian spy 1

Okian Warrior writes: Earlier today the website DailyKos reported on a smear campaign plot to falsely accuse Julian Assange of pedophilia. An unknown entity posing as an internet dating agency prepared an elaborate plot to falsely claim that Julian Assange received US$1M from the Russian government and a second plot to frame him sexually molesting an eight year old girl.

Here is the description of the plot from Mr Assange’s legal team.

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Submission + - Democrat Operatives Caused Violence at Trump Rallies, Framed Sanders Supporters ( 15

Xenographic writes: A new video has come out detailing how Democratic operatives created violence at Trump rallies. You may remember that they then framed Sanders supporters for those protests. This video is notable because one of the operatives, Zulema Rodriguez, can be identified in videos of the Arizona protests at 17:35 in this independent video as well as at 10:30 in the first video link. Furthermore, you look at the FEC records of disbursements to her and see that she was paid by Finally, this again can be corroborated with the Wikileaks dump, specifically this email. For those too lazy to browse all the links, you can see Zulema's appearance in both videos in this image and note that it's the same person down to the tiny mole on her chest.

Submission + - SPAM: CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia

schwit1 writes: The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership.

The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Vice President Joe Biden told "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Friday that "we're sending a message" to Putin and that "it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact."

When asked if the American public will know a message was sent, the vice president replied, "Hope not."

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Submission + - The Infowar Shaping the Election

Trailrunner7 writes: Depending upon your definition of the word, this presidential campaign cycle has included perhaps more surprises than any other in recent memory. Leaked videos, tax returns, and other data dumps have turned the 2016 campaign into the first to be defined by a modern information war.

And in today’s environment, whatever the imagination can conjure can be executed quickly and easily with a few keystrokes. Even Internet pioneer Al Gore likely couldn’t have envisioned today’s infowar campaigns. For decades, people have been leaking embarrassing information about political candidates to the media, but the leaks that we’re seeing published now are mostly enabled by the ubiquity of technology and the fundamental misunderstanding of some users of the way the Internet works and the permanence of data. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are now discovering that, like a weird uncle in town for the holidays, information has a way of hanging around and making life uncomfortable.

Submission + - Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Officially Released

prisoninmate writes: Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) has been in development for the past six months, like any other Ubuntu release, and it's now officially available for download for those who want to use the latest software releases and GNU/Linux technologies on their personal computers, or in the cloud. However, it is not an exciting release for fans of the open source operating system. Probably the most important feature of Yakkety Yak is Linux kernel 4.8, which brings support for the latest hardware, but other than that you'll get some updated components that are mostly based on the GNOME 3.20 Stack. An experimental Unity 8 session is provided as well for testing purposes. Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) will be supported for nine months, until July 2017 when the distro reaches end of life (EOL) and will no longer receive software and security updates, which means that most of you out there won't even bother upgrading from the long-term supported and very stable Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) release. Ubuntu 16.10 is now available for download from the official website for desktop, server, and cloud. Official spins like Ubuntu MATE 16.10, Ubuntu GNOME 16.10, Xubuntu 16.10, Lubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu Kylin 16.10, Ubuntu Studio 16.10, or Kubuntu 16.10 have been released as well today.

Submission + - SPAM: Judge: Lawsuits now can be served using TWITTER...

schwit1 writes: A Kuwaiti religious leader who allegedly raised money for jihadist rebels in Syria appears poised to become the first foreigner served a U.S. lawsuit via Twitter.

Hajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi has been a hard man to reach for a lawyer seeking compensation in a northern California federal court on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Assyrian Christians who own property in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, resolving the impasse, found al-Ajmi has “an active Twitter account and continues to use it,” offering the “method of service most likely to reach" him to satisfy the service of process requirement for the case to move forward.

Al-Ajmi is accused by both the U.S. government and the U.N. Security Council of funneling money to armed terrorists.

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Submission + - State, Federal K-12 CS-For-All Legislation Focuses on All But Asian/White Boys

theodp writes: EdSource reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday aligned the state with President Obama’s $4B Computer Science for All initiative, signing into law a bill that begins a planning process to expand computer science education for all grades in California’s public schools. "It is the intent of the Legislature that all pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, have access to computer science education," reads Assembly Bill No. 2329, "with a strong focus on pupils underrepresented in computer science, including girls, low-income and underserved school districts, and rural and urban school districts." And over at Congress, CA Representative Barbara Lee has also introduced H.R.6095 — Computer Science for All Act of 2016, which requires recipients of $250 million in grant funds to create "plans for expanding overall access to rigorous STEAM classes, utilizing computer science as a catalyst for increased interest in STEAM more broadly, and reducing course equity gaps for all students, including underrepresented groups such as minorities, girls, and youth from low-income families [...] Women overall face challenges in accessing computer science education." In an accompanying op-ed on the legislation, Lee argued that "Congress needs to put our money where our mouth is on STEM", adding that, "We can and must to do better, especially for girls and students of color." The legislation is consistent with the nation's new Every Student Succeeds Act, which put K-12 CS on equal footing with academic subjects such as math and English. Signed into law during last December's Computer Science Education Week, ESSA calls for "increasing access for students through grade 12 who are members of groups underrepresented in such subject fields, such as female students, minority students, English learners, children with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students." So, with only 57,937 students out of the nation's 16 million high schoolers taking an AP CS exam in 2016, should lawmakers be pressed to spell out exactly what student groups they don't consider underrepresented in CS?

Submission + - Fears of a Hacked Election May Keep 15 Million Voters Away from Polls (

rmurph04 writes: According to a survey conducted by security firm Carbon Black, more than one in five registered U.S. voters may stay home on Election Day because of fears about cybersecurity and vote tampering. Respondents believe a U.S. insider threat poses the most risk (28 percent), followed by Russian hackers (17 percent) and then the candidates themselves (15 percent), the survey found.

Submission + - Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop (

MojoKid writes: One common gripe in the twenty-first century is that nothing is built to last anymore. Even complex, expensive computers seem to have a relatively short shelf-life nowadays. However, one computer in a small auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland has survived for the last twenty-five years against all odds. The computer in question here is a Commodore C64 that has been balancing driveshafts non-stop for a quarter of a century. The C64C looks like it would fit right in with a scene from Fallout 4 and has even survived a nasty flood. This Commodore 64 contains a few homemade aspects, however. The old computer uses a sinusoidal waveform generator and piezo vibration sensor in order to measure changes in pressure, acceleration, temperature, strain or force by converting them to an electrical charge. The C64C interprets these signals to help balance the driveshafts in vehicles.

Submission + - Maryland Hobbyist Suing the FAA over Drone Registry 1

jenningsthecat writes: Maryland drone builder and attorney John Taylor, who in January took the FAA to court over its drone registry program, is now receiving financial help with his suit from DC DUG, the D.C. area Drone User Group. In his Petitoner's Brief, (PDF), Taylor maintains that "(f)or the first century of American aviation and beyond, the federal government made no attempt whatsoever to regulate recreational model aircraft", and that "(t)he FAA seeks to revise history when it argues its failure to register model aircraft, or otherwise treat them in any manner as ‘aircraft,’ in the past was the exercise of an ‘enforcement discretion'"

As of this writing I have been unable to find any news on the progress of the suit beyond its having been filed.

Submission + - The Ham Radio Parity Act passes the house! ( 1

bobbied writes: The House of representatives passed HR 1301 "The Ham Radio Parity Act" without objection on September 12, 2016. The measure calls on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for other purposes.” This will allow for the reasonable accommodation of armature radio antennas in many places where they are currently prohibited by HOA's or private land use restrictions. This will be similar to the FCC's PRB-1 ruling in 1985 that did the same thing for Over The Air Television and Data service Antenna Structures. If this bill passes the senate, we will be one step closer to allowing armature radio operators, who provide emergency communications services, the right to erect reasonable antenna structures in places where they cannot do so now.

Submission + - The 50th Anniversary of "Star Trek"

Dave Knott writes: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first television broadcast of Star Trek. The first episode of the science fiction series was aired on September 8, 1966. From its humble beginnings, Star Trek has gone on to become one of the best-loved and most successful television concepts of all time, an enduring pop culture touchstone that changed science fiction forever and spawned multiple series and movies that continue to this day.
What does Star Trek mean to you? Are you a trekkie/trekker? What are your best memories of the series, and how has it affected your life?

Submission + - EU court: Linking without permission violates copyright

BarbaraHudson writes: From the "look-but-don't-link dept

Reuters is reporting that Playboy has won a lawsuit against a Netherlands news site for linking to photos without permission.

"It is undisputed that GS Media (which owns GreenStijl)provided the hyperlinks to the files containing the photos for profit and that Sanoma had not authorised the publication of those photos on the internet," the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) said in a statement.

"When hyperlinks are posted for profit, it may be expected that the person who posted such a link should carry out the checks necessary to ensure that the work concerned is not illegally published.

The European Commission, the EU executive, is set next week to propose tougher rules on publishing copyrighted content, including a new exclusive right for news publishers to ask search engines like Google to pay to show snippets of their articles.

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