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Cops Deploy StingRay Anti-Terror Tech Against $50 Chicken-Wing Thief

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An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: Police in Maryland, U.S., used controversial cellphone-tracking technology intended only for the most serious crimes to track down a man who stole $50 of chicken wings. Police in Annapolis -- an hour's drive from the heart of government in Washington DC -- used a StingRay cell tower simulator in an effort to find the location of a man who had earlier robbed a Pizza Boli employee of 15 chicken wings and three sandwiches. Total worth: $56.77. In that case, according to the police log, a court order was sought and received but in many other cases across the United States, the technology is being used with minimal oversight, despite the fact it is only supposed to be used in the most serious cases such as terrorism.Annapolis police never found the thief.

If it's available, it will be used..

By QuietLagoon • Score: 3 • Thread

... it is only supposed to be used in the most serious cases such as terrorism....

A law enforcement official once told me that he will use any and all tools that are available to him, regardless of their intended usage.

.
So stories like this no longer surprise me.

NY Approves New Digital Currency For Winklevoss Bitcoin Exchange

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An anonymous reader writes (edited and condensed): The New York State Department of Financial Services has approved the application of Gemini Trust Company, founded by investors Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, to trade digital currency ether on its bitcoin exchange, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday. Cuomo said Gemini would be the first U.S.-based ether exchange, created, and operated in New York. Ether is a token or digital asset of the Ethereum platform, a public blockchain, or distributed ledger, that can execute peer-to-peer contracts automatically without the need for intermediaries. The blockchain is the underlying technology behind bitcoin. The Winklevoss twins have dubbed the exchange the 'Nasdaq of Bitcoin.' They have also developed a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) that would go by the name COIN, which regulators have yet to approve.CoinDesk has more information.

Cupertino's Mayor: Apple 'Abuses Us' By Not Paying Taxes

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An anonymous reader shares a report on The Guardian: Apple pays a 2.3% effective tax rate on its $181bn in cash held offshore, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, a not-for-profit research group focusing on tax policy. Citizens for Tax Justice estimates that Apple would owe $59.2bn in U.S. taxes if the money weren't funneled into offshore shell accounts. Criticism over the company's offshore tax schemes has become more pointed in recent months, both locally in Cupertino and from Apple's own staff. At a recent Cupertino city council meeting, some residents protested about a lack of funding for public projects, Barry Chang, Mayor of Cupertino said: "They ball up the paper and throw it, and they say 'You're making all the wrong decisions'," Chang said. "In the meantime, Apple is not willing to pay a dime. They're making profit, and they should share the responsibility for our city, but they won't. They abuse us."

Re:Dealing with the devil

By jcr • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

how can Cupertino be broke

No matter how much money any government receives in taxes, they will always spend more and borrow whatever they can get away with.

-jcr

big wheel keep on turnin

By Pseudonymous Powers • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

City Government: Please come to our city, Big Business! We'll give you incredible tax breaks! We'll practically pay you just for existing here!

Big Business: I don't know. That "practically" sounds kind of hesitant. Besides, there's a bunch of other towns down the road that might offer us a better deal.

City Government: Fine, we will literally pay to just to keep your corporate headquarters here. We'll give you the land for a pittance. We'll fast-track the permitting process. We'll give you a zoning variance. None of the city ordinances will apply to you. And no direct taxes on you, we promise. We'll make it up by taxing our citizens, who will probably mostly be working for you from here on out.

Citizen: Hold on. I was busy with my life just then, but it sounds like you're going to let some huge company move in and take over, and use my taxes to build a new thirty-story corporate headquarters in my front yard, and then crank up my taxes even more to make up for the taxes you spent on them?

City Government: Yes, but you'll be able to afford it, because you can get a good job at the company!

Citizen: I like my job now. I don't want to fucking work for those fuckers. I don't want a bunch of douches coming in and putting in 17 Starbuckses on the same street and making us all have to sort our garbage into eight separate bins and raising the rents to ridiculous levels so we have to all move out.

City Government: We hear your concerns. But we really want more tax money to play with. So, fuck you. Leave town if you want. Don't let the screen door hit you on the way out.

[Decades later.]

City Government: Hey, Big Business, uh, while our tax revenue has been growing continuously for decades now, it turns out that our expenditures have been growing even faster, because it turns out that a lot of money is not infinite money. We need infinite money. All our planning is based on infinite money. You need to give us more money. That'll get us closer to infinite money.

Big Business: Fuck you. Learn to do math, assholes.

City Government: I'm afraid we really must insist. We're going to raise your taxes.

Big Business: Then I guess we'll just move down the road to the next city. See you later.

City Government: But... but... you can't!

[But it turns out they can. Return to top and start again.]

Re:Not funneled into

By fonos • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Don't know why this is marked as being a Troll, it's factual information. The US is the only developed nation in the world that taxes companies based on worldwide profits, not just profits earned in the US. Yes, you get a tax credit for income tax you pay to other countries, but the end result is you end up paying the high US corporate income tax rate on income earned everywhere in the world, whereas foreign companies only pay the high US tax rate on income earned in the US, and the lower tax rates of income earned in other countries. This makes foreign companies a competitive advantage over US companies. Not a great policy in my opinion.

Re:Not funneled into

By creimer • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

All of that money is money earned overseas. So it's not "funneled" anywhere, it's just not brought back

US profits are funneled through a Nevada subsidiary because Nevada doesn't have a corporate tax.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/business/apples-tax-strategy-aims-at-low-tax-states-and-nations.html

Where do local city revenues come from?

By magarity • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

So all those high paid Apple employees don't pay property taxes on their homes in the area? They don't pay sales taxes on the stuff they buy around town?
How does a local city government think it is entitled to tax revenue earned on sales in (other country) after the company already paid (other country) income taxes?

Snapchat Sued For Facilitating 107 MPH Car Crash

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An anonymous reader writes: A Georgia couple is suing Snapchat, a popular instant messaging and photo sharing app, after a car accident last year seriously injured the husband, leaving him permanently brain damaged. According to media reports, Wentworth Maynard, the victim, was driving in a 55-mile-per-hour zone when 18-year-old Christal McGee crashed into him traveling at 107 miles per hour. McGee, according to lawsuits, was attempting to use Snapchat's "speed filter" -- a feature that overlays the speed one is traveling on a picture. "Snapchat's speed filter facilitated McGee's excessive speeding," reads the lawsuit. "McGee was motivated to drive at an excessive speed in order to obtain recognition through Snapchat by the means of a Snapchat 'trophy.'"

Re:Frivolous lawsuit

By U2xhc2hkb3QgU3Vja3M • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

It doesn't take a genius to figure out what he was doing was dangerous.

Excuse me, what he was doing? He's the one who got ran into!

Wentworth Maynard, the victim, was driving in a 55-mile-per-hour zone when 18-year-old Christal McGee crashed into him traveling at 107 miles per hour.

Re:Frivolous lawsuit

By GLMDesigns • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
This thinking is disgusting. No. You are responsible for your actions. Anything can be incentive.
Example:
I think your idea is stupid and that is incentive for me to slap you. Therefore you are responsible (or partly responsible) for the slap.

Or (a less funny more real life expample)

Someone finds a girl to be pretty. She's obviously "asking for it." Therefore she asked to be raped.
No. "Incentive" is not an excuse. People are responsible for their actions,

Re:Hmm

By barc0001 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

If you're going to open that can of worms, I suggest we then start suing car manufacturers for not having 80 MPH limiters in place on all new North American sold vehicles. Because it does make you wonder what Ford was thinking selling a Focus that can go 121 MPH. Did nobody anticipate that jerks would drive at crazy speeds because of that?

Re:Frivolous lawsuit

By jklovanc • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Here is the link to the new trophies (the link is in the update of the article). "Speed" is still not there.

Re:Hmm

By westlake • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

it does make you wonder what Ford was thinking selling a Focus that can go 121 MPH. Did nobody anticipate that jerks would drive at crazy speeds because of that?

Ford isn't awarding trophies for taking the car to 121 mph in city traffic.

Sci-Hub Faces Millions Of Dollars In Damages, Elsevier Complaint Shuts Down Domain

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Reader Taco Cowboy writes: Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. As a result of the legal battle the site just lost one of its latest domain names. However, the site has no intentions of backing down, and will continue its fight to keep access to scientific knowledge free and open. Several 'backup' domain names are still in play, including Sci-Hub.bz and Sci-Hub.cc. In addition to the alternative domain names users can access the site directly through the IP-address 31.184.194.81. Its TOR domain is also still working -- http://scihub22266oqcxt.onion/. Authorized or not, there is definitely plenty of interest in Sci-Hub's service. The site currently hosts more than 51 million academic papers and receives millions of visitors per month. Many visits come from countries where access to academic journals is limited, such as Iran, Russia or China. But even in countries where access is more common, many researchers visit the site, an analysis from Science magazine revealed last week. Late last month we learned that plenty of people were downloading academic papers from Sci-Hub. Over the 6 months leading up to March, Sci-Hub had served over 28 million documents, with Iran, China, India, Russia, and the United States being the leading requestors.

Copyright infringement vs. Extortion

By cashman73 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Sci-Hub is clearly engaging in copyright infringement by the definition of the law as written. But one could make a very good argument that Elsevier is also engaging in Extortion as well, by charging as much as $30-35 per paper to download a PDF. Is there any data out there on how many people actually pay these fees? Most people with access at a Carnegie Research I institution don't need to pay the fees, but there are a lot of smaller academic institutions whose libraries don't have the resources to subscribe to everything. The options are either email the author and ask for them to send you a copy (most of the time, this works), contact a colleague at another institution and ask them to send you a copy (many academics will do this for friends and collaborators), visit Sci-Hub and download it yourself, or pay the extortion fee and obtain it. Three of these options violate copyright laws as written, but the first two options have the advantage of maintaining contact with other researchers in your field and increasing communication, which can help your career. Do we really want to stifle this all in the name of making a few extra bucks for the publishing companies so that their stock can go up a quarter of a point?

Re:Questions

By wickerprints • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

To answer your last question, the primary reason why there are not more open access journals, and why the outrageous pricing of journals exists, is because of the issue of reputability.

The system of knowledge dissemination in academia, historically, has largely relied on peer review, but as the corpus of that knowledge has grown explosively, it has become increasingly challenging for individual researchers to quickly identify influential and important discoveries. Consequently, academics relied on journal editors to elevate the status of certain papers through the reputation of their journals. Getting published in Nature or Cell carries far more prestige than some "second-" or "third-tier" journal, and through this mechanism, companies like Elsevier realized they could use this as leverage.

In short, the pressure to publish in reputable and highly visible journals is what created the market opportunity for monopolists to extort huge sums of money from the academics who created this flawed and dysfunctional system. The publishers exploited this flaw, but it is the researchers and the institutions which employ them that largely created the flaw in the first place.

The move to an open-access model is not one that can be done in a short period of time, because it takes time for journals to develop the reputation that is the basis for their value. Elsevier knows this, and in response, they know they can't tighten the screws too much. But they are greedy bastards too. Sci-Hub threatens to topple their house of cards rather than letting them milk the system as long as they can until academics collectively wake up and decide that enough is enough.

Re:Spending $20-$40 to get useless information

By CRCulver • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I work in a somewhat obscure field of linguistics and regional studies. Most of the journals that we publish in are run by learned societies or state academies in various countries. They are usually free to publish in and often open access (supported by state funding or dead men's endowments). Peer review is very rigorous.

When Sci-Hub appeared, I decided to do a search of topics related to my field. I was appalled to find discover that nearly all results (from journals belonging to big holdings like Elsevier) were terrible papers that would never pass muster in my fieldâ(TM)s mainstream journals: the discoveries they claim are obvious facts of the field at best, outright fallacies at worst. It's as if the big holdings are running publication mills for people who want to get a publication to their name thanks to weak peer review.

Plus the articles are often written in dreadful English or some other language that the author is non-native in, and language revision is sorely necessary. The big holdings seem to be pretty lax about the amount of editing their editors are supposed to do. I feel sorry for anyone who has ever paid for any of this shit. I'm happy that when I discovered this dark side of my field, it didn't cost me or an institution a cent to download a PDF from Sci-Hub.

Who is Elsevier

By supernova87a • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Elsevier and other publishing conglomerates are absolutely milking researchers, universities, and governments for access to information that in many cases, these public institutions have paid for already through research subsidies, government grants, taxpayer funds, and more. So don't be too sympathetic to the claim that this is ripping off a company's intellectual property.

In case you have any love for such publishing companies, know that they are really not much better than cable companies. They bundle unpopular journals together that libraries are required to purchase, just to get access to the one journal that they actually want. They add little value aside from binding the paper journals (which is dying) or putting up paywalls to restrict access to information. They bill researchers who submit papers with per-page charges (with surcharges for "color" figures, if you can believe it) for the publication of their works which are submitted for free. And then they recruit academic researchers yet again to be editors for pennies, and then charge subscription fees to authors to access their own and other people's works, who no one got paid for but somehow Elsevier deserves a cut of.

They deserve to die a slow and painful death for all the value they have extracted from the academic community over decades. And scientists should be more vocal about wresting control of journals from them -- and I mean in a way that more effective than the current open-source / borderline-spam journals that exist out there. This is a market failure / monopoly situation that needs to be broken up like the worst examples in history.

Re:To plagiarize Dr Malcom ...

By messymerry • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Follow the money and it will invariably lead you to a pool of slime... A huge chunk of that knowledge is publicly funded and thus belongs in the public domain anyway. Just another example of privatizing the gains and socializing the losses...

Windows 10 Now Runs On 300M Active Devices; Upgrade To Cost $119 After July 29

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On Thursday (May 5), Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices, up from 270 million monthly active devices as of March 30. The feat comes nine months after Microsoft released Windows 10, the latest version of its desktop operating system, after offering it for months to developers. The company also announced today that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (as well as Windows 8) users with a valid license wouldn't be eligible for the free upgrade starting July 29. After July 29th, Microsoft says, users will be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.

Windows 10 offers a range of interesting features including virtual digital assistant Cortana. While these features and a substantial boost to performance and speeds could be a big reason for the fast adoption of Windows 10, it's also no secret that Microsoft continues to push Windows 10 update to computers ... sometimes even when users don't want that.

Re:The Real Question: Will they stop the nagging?

By Austerity Empowers • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

They damn well better issue a patch to remove all the nagware then

Here's a datapoint: I did not qualify for an upgrade so had to pay full price for Win10. It nags me about Office 365 all the time. I don't want to rent software, and have no need for that software, but it keeps doing it.

I wouldn't hold my breath.

Not Sure What to Do

By Maltheus • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I have serious privacy concerns over Windows 10, but I do run it on my gaming-only box, figuring there isn't too much to harvest anyway. I also have a Win 7 and Win 8.1 machine which I've been reluctant to upgrade because of this. Especially after watching Windows 10 wipe out my privacy settings and restore the defaults.

That being said, Windows 10 is so much faster at starting up and coming out of sleep and will likely be the only version receiving updates in the future. I would love to upgrade my other boxes for free, but I just can't bring myself to do it.

Also in the news...

By Opportunist • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

In unrelated news, an Apple spokesperson announced that they have to increase prices for their computers come August, citing an expected serious increase in demand for their products.

Also in the news, in an unparalleled and before unheard union between Linux distributors they all announced that no later than in mid-July they expect their new release to hit the market. Asked what sparked this sudden union of all distributions our reporter was informed that "the time is right, this is going to be the year of Linux on the Desktop. And this time for real".

'The feat', my ass!

By kheldan • Score: 3 • Thread
Their so-called 'feat' of installing on 300 million devices is on the same list as talking about 300M computers being infected with malware and becoming part of a bot-net! How many of those 300M devices were voluntarily, intentionally installed, and how many of them had it forced on them or snuck in while the owner wasn't looking? Microsoft is nothing but a gigantic scammer.

Great news!

By ilsaloving • Score: 3 • Thread

This is fantastic news. This will presumably mean they'll stop their asshat nagware campaign, cause they can't have it both ways. If they don't, I bet there will be a sudden spike in popcorn sales as people sit back to watch the fireworks.

'Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously'

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Vellum's James has written about his ordeal with Apple Music which many people can relate to. Apple Music, the Cupertino-based giant's online music streaming service, deleted 122GB of music files that James had stored on his computer. He writes: What Amber (supposed Apple Support representative) explained was exactly what I'd feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users' computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple's database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn't recognize -- which came up often, since I'm a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myself -- it would then download it to Apple's database, delete it from my hard drive, and serve it back to me when I wanted to listen, just like it would with my other music files it had deleted. This isn't the first time Apple Music has deleted a user's locally stored music files. Long-time Apple watcher Jim Dalrymple canceled his subscription last year and called Apple Music a "nightmare" after the service allegedly deleted over 4,700 of his previously bought songs. At the time, he wrote: At some point, enough is enough. That time has come for me -- Apple Music is just too much of a hassle to be bothered with. Nobody I've spoken at Apple or outside the company has any idea how to fix it, so the chances of a positive outcome seem slim to none.Incidentally, Apple Music is rumoured for a reboot at the company's developer conference in June. It's not clear if fixing the aforementioned glitch is among Apple's imminent agenda.

Re:It can't be said too many times

By Aighearach • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Well, I agree it's horrendous, but a bug? No, this is an intentional feature! Maybe it proves Apple's proprietary crap is malware, but it sure doesn't stop this from being a feature. That users tolerate being treated that way is shocking to me.

Re:Yes.

By Forgefather • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

You would know if you had read the articles that Apple's terms of use explicitly state that they are going to delete your local files. It was quoted in the article. This was an intended feature along with the inability to recover you music after cancelling the service. This is no bug. It is blatant theft of digital property.

Linux on the desktop

By LichtSpektren • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
I'm happy to report that Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, and all of the other desktop Linuxes I have tried have never deleted any of my files without my permission. I also don't lose my work because my OS has decided to update or nag me to upgrade while I'm the middle of something.

My computer and my data belong to me. Not to Microsoft. Not to Apple. Not to Google or Oracle or HP or IBM or Samsung. Nobody but me!

Apple Music is WAY broken ....

By King_TJ • Score: 3 • Thread

Our family is pretty much all on Apple products. We have 3 kids who use iPads or iPhones regularly and my wife and I work in I.T. and both own Mac desktops and laptops. We're also all into music and my wife and I both have large music collections in iTunes on our primary computers.

So when Apple Music was first released with the 3 month free trial, we jumped at the chance. BIG mistake! We set up the "family account" pretty quickly, realizing that would be a better value. Problem was, soon afterwards, my wife's iCloud account essentially locked her out of all of her purchased content of ALL types. On any given Apple device, if she signed in with it, it would work (at most) for a few seconds, and then cancel any updates that were downloading and/or freeze up.

That became a nightmare of putting in multiple support tickets with Apple and not getting any resolution or promised callbacks. Meanwhile, it meant that 10+ years worth of applications, movies and music content she'd paid for was rendered useless. The obvious culprit was Apple Music. The problem only happened after she enabled it on her account and it started trying to sync all of her music content.

At the Genius Bar, a tech spent over an hour trying to help with the issue. He gave her a brand new iPhone 6 AND a brand new iPad, insisting it HAD to be some sort of hardware malfunction or glitch. But nope ... same issue crept up on the new devices shortly after she signed in to them.

At that point, someone in Engineering finally called us back (guess they got irritated the store was giving us thousands of dollars of unnecessary new hardware and not getting anywhere). They promised they were "working on it" and "had an idea where something was wrong". All of a sudden, her ID just started working properly again. No explanation was ever given.

Re:Double-standard

By WarlockD • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

It's an interesting insight into Apple's view of the world. All music must be either ripped (and thus backed up) or bought from iTunes. Therefore, deleting it isn't an issue, you can now stream it and iTunes will re-download it if you have an iPod. There are no other use cases, all other workflows are incorrect. iTunes manages all your audio files, you shouldn't even be looking at them. You click play in iTunes, it plays (subject to internet connection, fees may apply), it works perfectly and in the most intuitive and revolutionary manner possible.

Fuck. I can't tell if your trolling, being sarcastic, explaining or being a fanboy. Excellent Post!

Old Qualcomm Vulnerability Exposes Android User Data

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Reader wiredmikey writes: Researchers from FireEye have disclosed the details of a serious information disclosure vulnerability affecting a Qualcomm software package found in hundreds of Android device models (Editor's note: the link could have pop-up ads, here's an alternate source). The vulnerability is in the Qualcomm tethering controller (CVE-2016-2060) and could allow a malicious application to access user information. While the flaw could expose millions of Android devices, the vulnerability has limited impact on devices running Android 4.4 and later, which include significant security enhancements, and also does not affect Nexus devices. FireEye said its researchers informed Qualcomm about the vulnerability in January and the vendor developed a fix by early March and started reaching out to OEMs to let them know about the issue. Now it's up to the device manufacturers to push out the patch to customers.FireEye said: "The OEMs will now need to provide updates for their devices; however, many devices will likely never be patched."

time to re-buy the white album?

By TheGratefulNet • Score: 3 • Thread

Now it's up to the device manufacturers to push out the patch to customers.

you KNOW that, for the most part, never happens. androids are mostly abandoned after the first year of being on the market. vendors have no reason to care and they don't! they leave us all exposed to the continual android bugs and the ONLY recourse is to root and install a new os or just give in and re-re-re-buy your phone all over again, trading one bug for another.

google is 100% at fault for not seeing this and not stopping it. its a wild wild west in android land and I fucking hate how bad it is. 'just buy a nexus!'. fuck you! google abandons things too; I have a nexus one that I thought would get support but it had showstopper bugs that were there from day-1 and NEVER got fixed (screen calibration would stop every day; google never cared, etc etc).

there are so many reasons to hate google, but how they mistandled the whole android and carrier/vendor thing was one of the worst things they've ever done. and the whole architecture of android prohibits piecemeal upgrades. I can't just apt-get update and upgrade. I can't install JUST an ip stack fix or JUST a kernel fix. I have to upgrade a whole monolithic image and that's just SO STUPID its beyhond belief. linux was not that way and you had to do WORK to fuck up linux that badly. they removed the ability to do user level patching and upgrades and to make things worse, most vendors try their best to STOP users from even TRYING to upgrade their own phones.

people ask me why I don't do phone programming, since I write C code and stuff for a living. my hatred of the whole phone scene is why; its a complete disgrace and I want no part of it. let the 20 somethings mess around with this and that phone; I have no time or patience to keep up with all that crap since its such a moving target.

I really do wish 'phones' were not like they were today, but the market is ruined and I see no way around it since the carriers and vendors are so used to calling all the shots. they'll never give control back to users. it won't happen and so phones will always suck and never be YOUR computer.

Bitcoin 'Creator' Reneges On Promise To Provide More Proof, Says He's Sorry

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Craig Wright, the Australian computer scientist who claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto -- the creator of bitcoin -- has backtracked on a pledge to provide more proof of his earlier claims. Wright says that he lacks the courage to face allegations. On May 1, Wright claimed that he was the creator of bitcoin, offering digital signature, signed using a private key that was thought to be held by Nakamoto. We later learned that the "proof" Wright offered was simply copied from an older transaction. At the time, Wright assured that he will be moving early bitcoins as "extraordinary evidence". On Thursday, Wright wrote in a blog post that he is "sorry," and that he cannot do this. He writes: I believed that I could do this. I believed that I could put the years of anonymity and hiding behind me. But, as the events of this week unfolded and I prepared to publish the proof of access to the earliest keys, I broke. I do not have the courage. I cannot. When the rumors began, my qualifications and character were attacked. When those allegations were proven false, new allegations have already begun. I know now that I am not strong enough for this. I know that this weakness will cause great damage to those that have supported me, and particularly to Jon Matonis and Gavin Andresen. I can only hope that their honour and credibility is not irreparably tainted by my actions. They were not deceived, but I know that the world will never believe that now. I can only say I'm sorry.

Reminds me of the movie "Big Eyes"

By JoeyRox • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
In the scene where the judge ordered Walter and Margaret Keane to both paint something to prove they are the artist behind the big-eye paintings. Halfway through the hour allotted to him and with nothing on his canvas Walter turns to the judge and pretends he threw out his shoulder trying to lift the tiny paintbrush.

Re:Reminds me of the movie "Big Eyes"

By Deadstick • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The real Margaret Keane said in an interview that the painting scene in the film was somewhat understated in comparison to reality...

Re: "No, Timmy, say it right."

By Ungrounded Lightning • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Why would someone apologize for something they didn't do? That makes no sense.

Sure it does.

(He says) he's apologizing for causing trouble for (named and unnamed) others by coming out of the closet without adequate proof - and guts - to weather the attacks and claims for more proof that would result.

Regardless of whether his claims are true, that's understandable and legit.

Re:"No, Timmy, say it right."

By jdavidb • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Basically he said that because we didn't trust him, he is too hurt and emotional to do what Charlie Lee (creator of Litecoin) did the other day. He can't do that and needs a therapist, or a good chocolate bar, or something.

In other words, he was lying all along. This is what your spouse does when you catch them lying and in an affair: instead of stopping it and making it right and apologizing, they whine that they are too hurt and emotional because of your allegations. It's what children do when you catch them lying. It's what all liars do.

Re: "No, Timmy, say it right."

By jdavidb • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
No, it's not legit. There wouldn't be any attacks if he'd just provide simple proof. Liars do this frequently - instead of proving themselves trustworthy, they whine at you for not trusting them without proof. Instead of having empathy for the victims they are hurting, they tell everybody that they are hurt for not being given baseless trust.

Medical Equipment Crashes During Heart Procedure Because Of Antivirus Scan

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: The device in question is Merge Hemo, a complex medical equipment used to supervise heart catheterization procedures, during which doctors insert a catheter inside blood veins and arteries in order to diagnose various types of heart diseases. According to one such report filed by Merge Healthcare in February, Merge Hemo suffered a mysterious crash right in the middle of a heart procedure when the screen went black and doctors had to reboot their computer. Merge investigated the issue and later reported to the FDA that the problem occurred because of the antivirus software running on the doctors' computer. The antivirus was configured to scan for viruses every hour, and the scan started right in the middle of the procedure. Merge says the antivirus froze access to crucial data acquired during the heart catheterization. Unable to access real-time data, the app crashed spectacularly.

Re:No problem

By mrchaotica • Score: 4 • Thread

The only sane way to develop such a thing would be for the vendor to be responsible for the entire software stack from the firmware on up. This sort of stuff should never be built on Windows in the first place!

Re:Windows 10 update will kill human beings

By mlw4428 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Why can't we use bulletproof and Windows in the same sentence? According to the report it was the AV scanner that caused the application to crash. The PC was then required to be rebooted for the application to start working correctly. Arguably the client software is at fault for not being able to recover from a situation where "communications" get lost. In this case, it didn't sound like the Windows system had any issue. Furthermore, I have experienced many Windows servers who are happy to sit in a corner and chug away for years without issues. Does Windows have its flaws? Sure, but so does any other operating system - and in general I don't find Windows to be so unstable these days. It's usually 3rd party software, written to use higher level privileges than it really needs, to take down Windows. But any poorly written, high privilege software can take down any OS.

Damnit, it is a MEDICAL INSTRUMENT!

By kheldan • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
I used to work for a company that built ophthalmic ultrasound machines. It was Windows based (unfortunately). IT departments, being who they are, wanted to put things like antivirus on it. Then the doctors would complain that the MEDICAL INSTRUMENT wasn't performing as advertised. They send it in to us for 'repair'. We remove the shitty antivirus (and all the other crap that IT guys would install on it), then it works perfectly again. We return it.. and IT guys would screw it up again. Rinse, repeat, ad infinitum.

MEMO TO IT GUYS: Stop treating medical instruments like they're desktop computers! Find another solution, or AT LEAST be smart about how you're installing your junk on it, IT IS A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT, DAMNIT!

Re:Windows 10 update will kill human beings

By Opportunist • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

IIRC the EULA of every Windows version so far said that the OS must not be used in life-or-death critical operations.

Not that it isn't used in, say, nuclear plants (which are explicitly cited in the EULA, btw), but if you use something that is clearly not good enough for the job, and even tells you that it's too crappy for important tasks, well, you can't really complain, can you?

Re:Damnit, it is a MEDICAL INSTRUMENT!

By gweihir • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The stupidity of some IT people is staggering. We had one case where they put AV on a highly isolated system and then had to compromise its isolation to allow over-the-net updates. When we told them that the system was not isolated anymore and that at the very least the AV vendor could now attack them over the network, they did not even understand what we were talking about. They mumbled something about "all machines must have AV".

Scientists Grow Two-Week-Old Human Embryos In Lab For The First Time

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An anonymous reader writes: According to Reuters, "Using a culture method previously tested to grow mouse embryos outside of a mother, the teams were able to conduct almost hour by hour observations of human embryo development to see how they develop and organize themselves up to day 13."

Brave new world, here we come
From the report: "The work, covered in two studies published on Wednesday in the journal Nature and Nature Cell Biology, showed how the cells that will eventually form the human body self-organize into the basic structure of a post-implantation human embryo. As well as advancing human biology expertise, the knowledge gained from studying these developments should help to improve in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments and further progress in the field of regenerative medicine, the researchers said. But the research also raises the issue of an international law banning scientists from developing human embryos beyond 14 days, and suggests this limit may have to be reviewed. 'Longer cultures could provide absolutely critical information for basic human biology,' said researcher Zernicka-Goetz. 'But this would of course raise the next question - of where we should put the next limit.'"

Great

By ThatsNotPudding • Score: 3 • Thread
Zuck's next spawn is going to be the Kwisatz Haderach.

Not that hard.

By Elledan • Score: 4 • Thread
If we stick to this 14-day limit, then we will never know how things work exactly after this point. The question is thus whether we can use that knowledge for the benefit of humanity, to which the answer appears to be 'yes'.

What I find most tantalising about this is the prospect this opens of artificial uteruses, and with it the elimination of the need to carry one's unborn child along inside one's natural incubator for nine months, at least for humans of the female persuasion. This would also enable same-sex couples to have a child with their DNA, without requiring anyone else to carry the child to term.

This in addition to the things we can learn from studying the development of embryos and stem cells in general, for both current and future humans.

The possible positive impact these advances may have to me at least far outweigh the philosophical musing some people seem to be absorbed in.

No more than 13 or 14 years

By Marble River • Score: 3, Funny • Thread
That's when they start to get really annoying; they think they know everything.

Re:perhaps more of a political choice

By schwit1 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
"no significant difference between humans and primates" Humans are primates.

Re:perhaps more of a political choice

By jabuzz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

One guesses the 14 days thing is that this is when gastrulation occurs. That is the point in which the developing bundle of cells reorganizes itself into three layers of cells and is no longer able to split into two or more groups and make twins, triplets etc.

As such it is not the arbitrary point in time that a lot of commentators are presuming it is.

Star Wars Buttons And Lights You May Have Missed

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tedlistens writes: At Motherboard, Alex Pasternack writes: "Star Wars is set in a world of wildly advanced technology. But take a good look at the machinery of Star Wars, and you may be surprised to see how wonderfully analog it all is -- buttons! levers! vector graphics! Yes, there are hyperdrives and lightsabers and hologram Princess Leias and droids that know six million languages (including the language of moisture vaporators, along with various etiquette and diplomatic protocols useful across the galaxy). But it's also a world where sometimes you have to hit a robot to get it to work, like an old dashboard radio, a place where the supercomputers are operated manually and where buttons and control panels and screens seem far removed from our own galaxy: tactile, lo-fi, and elegantly simple." May the 4th be with you.

Re:Design by cobbling together

By Longjmp • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

As an extreme example there is Obi-Wan's lightsaber: it was built from an 1940's airplane engine, a WWI rifle grenade, a 1970's calculator, a WWII machine gun, a 1930's camera flash and a 1970's faucet knob.

That's way to sophisticated ;)
In the 1960's German TV series "Raumpatrouille Orion" (Space Patrol Orion) they used things like faucets and electric irons as controls, easily identifiable as such in the films.

And

By ledow • Score: 3 • Thread

Aliens has everything from green-phosphor, text-only teletype-speed consoles to yellow-screen laptops, to low-res monochrome blocky graphics, to huge "TVs" full of monochrome photographs and green text. .

Even for the sentry guns, the remote piloting via a huge satellite uplink, the Earth-based personnel records, the hypersleep computers, the blueprint machines, the health read-outs, the motion sensors, etc. etc. etc.

In a movie, the tech shown is what feels / looks good, not what would actually be used (e.g. nmap in The Matrix Reloaded), and even back in the day teletype terminals were long dead, but the ddddrrrtttttt of text appearing one letter at a time is much more cinematic:

File Closed.

Re:The Spice Must Flow!

By ravenshrike • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Star Wars The Prequels: kid who develops superpowers turns out to be the bad guy.
Star Wars, EP VII+: kid who develops superpower turns out to be possessed by the previously bad but now good again guy while the bad guy is influenced by the previously bad guy's master's ghost pretending to speak to him through his melted helmet*.

Does anyone know why a wood fire melted the most technologically advanced suit of power armor in the universe?

Re:The Spice Must Flow!

By ultranova • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Does anyone know why a wood fire melted the most technologically advanced suit of power armor in the universe?

Because it was built by the same military contractors who made the Death Stars?

Analog computer interface

By Dan East • Score: 3 • Thread

At first glance, when I thought about the analog computer interface you see R2D2 using all the time, I thought "how stupid - a mechanical interface between computers". But then, the more I thought about it, it actually made sense. It's clear it is a rotational interface, like turning a dial. Well, what precision can an object be rotated to? How man "positions" can it be in? It's infinite. Pi never ends or repeats, so you can go into infinite precision as to the rotational position of a knob. They are only limited by their technological ability to detect rotational position (which could be done through an electromagnetic field). So it is conceivable they have the ability to detect the rotational position with some incredible precision, thus a single rotation of the knob, by stopping at some specific position, could transfer a vast amount of information. The interface can of course be 2-way. Sometimes R2 is rotating the interface, and sometimes the host machine is rotating. Anyway, I thought that was interesting.

Hacker Guccifer Claims He Easily and Repeatedly Broke Into Hillary Clinton's Email Server

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fox News: The infamous Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer," speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily -- and repeatedly -- breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal email server in early 2013. In the process of mining data from the Blumenthal account, Lazar said he came across evidence that others were on the Clinton server. "As far as I remember, yes, there were up to 10, like, IPs from other parts of the world," he said. From the report: "'For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody,' Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker 'Guccifer,' told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held. Fox News could not independently confirm Lazar's claims. The 44-year-old Lazar said he first compromised Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal's AOL account, in March 2013, and used that as a stepping stone to the Clinton server. He said he accessed Clintonâ(TM)s server 'like twice,' though he described the contents as 'not interest[ing]' to him at the time." Guccifer was sent to prison last month, which is when his potential role in the Clinton email investigation became apparent.

Re:The only possible hope

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

She had a private server and Blackberry phone. When she came into her role as foreign secretary they told her that she needed a more secure means of communication, but were unable to come up with anything suitable for her office.

That is a lie, and you are a liar. They offered her a secure device which other people were using successfully. That Hillary Clinton is too stupid to figure out WinMo and has to use a crackberry doesn't mean that the solution was unsuitable. It means that Clinton was unsuitable.

So she carried on using her private server. Didn't hide it,

Yes, she did not bother to hide her illegal activity, because she knew she was untouchable.

Re: False Scandal

By DarkOx • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

While I think Clinton is probably just as disingenuous, it's probably a little easier to anticipate how she'd act as President, because she has a long political track record.

A long track record of flip flopping on every social and moral issue that faces us; and a history of Polsplain away how she never fails to protect monied interests.

Clinton is worst kind of hypocrite, she is the cancer in American politics that rots out or principles and lowers us all. She is EXACTLY like Trump! The only difference is branding and who she is trying to sell herself out too. Its like a how a Dodge Dart is different from a Chrysler 200 - the target buyer.

Re:Does it even matter?

By Anubis IV • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

There have been multiple instances where the people she was corresponding with for work turned over copies of conversations they had with her that contained e-mails she had failed to supply, and there are large date ranges missing from the copies she supplied (particularly around times when suspicious activity may have been taking place, such as the stuff related to Benghazi), despite the fact that the government procured copies of some of the messages she sent during that time from other sources. It's well-established that it's not just personal e-mail that she failed to supply. Some of those work e-mails were subsequently "found" by Clinton, but the question remains how many will never be found.

Re:The only possible hope

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Man, all your posts are so angry...

My posts are angry because your posts are shit.

It's not a lie

It is a lie.

I was just pointing out that there was a discussion and it ended with her choosing to continue using her Blackberry.

That is another lie. Stop lying. You said "When she came into her role as foreign secretary they told her that she needed a more secure means of communication, but were unable to come up with anything suitable for her office." Well, guess what? That is a lie, and it's your own words. You know better, but you chose to lie anyway, and now you're surprised that I'm angry about it? Stop lying, and then I won't be angry.

I'm not defending what she did

Then why lie on her behalf?

Re: The onus is on the "no evidence" crowd

By Altus • Score: 4 • Thread

There is another democratic candidate? What are you talking about? I watch CNN 5-6 hours a day, I'm pretty sure if there was another democratic candidate I would have heard about it by now.

DuckDuckGo Is Giving Away $225,000 To Support Open Source Projects

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An anonymous reader writes: Google Search competitor DuckDuckGo announced it will be giving away a total of $225,000 to support nine open source projects, each project will receive $25,000. DuckDuckGo said it performed 3 billion searches in 2015. It differs from many other search engines as it offers private, anonymous internet search. It doesn't gather information about you to sell ads to marketeers, like Google. Instead, it shows generic ads as it's part of the Microsoft/Bing/Yahoo ad network. It also has revenue-sharing agreements with certain companies in the Linux Open Source worlds, and makes money from select affiliate links. The $225,000 DuckDuckGo is giving away is chump change compared to the $100 million Google gives away in grants ever year. However, for the select projects, it should still be very beneficial. Last year, DuckDuckGo gave away a total of $125,000 to open source projects, so it's nice to see them donate an extra $100,000 to a good cause.

Here's the list of recipients

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Since it wasn't in the article, here's a list of recipients.

  • Freedom of the Press Foundation for SecureDrop
  • Freenet Project
  • OpenBSD Foundation
  • CrypTech Project
  • Tor Project for onion services
  • Fight for the Future for Save Security
  • Open Source Technology Improvement Fund for VeraCrypt
  • Riseup Labs for LEAP
  • GPGTools for GPGMail

Re:But are their search results as good?

By Barefoot Monkey • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Duckie should be roughly similar to Bing, since that's where it draws its search results. There might be some differences due to the fact that DuckDuckGo prevents Bing from tracking you, which limits how much the search results can be customised for you.

Give it a try - I hear that it works well (Bing has improved immensely since it first appeared). If you aren't happy with the results and prefer Google's, but still want to avoid being tracked, then try using StartPage. It's an anonymous search engine, like DuckDuckGo, but it uses Google to generate search results, which I find to be better.

Microsoft Overhauls SharePoint To Compete With Slack In The Mobile Era

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft is overhauling SharePoint today, and introducing iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile apps. The iOS SharePoint app will arrive by the end of June, with the Android and Windows 10 Mobile versions due for release later this year. All of the mobile apps are designed to make SharePoint more accessible on the go, allowing users to access things like corporate intranet sites and content. Alongside the new apps, Microsoft is also providing access to SharePoint Online document libraries in OneDrive mobile apps, and the ability to copy from OneDrive to SharePoint. Microsoft plans to synchronize SharePoint Online document libraries with the new OneDrive sync client by the end of the year, and integrate SharePoint sites with Office 365 Groups. Microsoft's new Flow service, which lets you automate tasks, will also be integrated into SharePoint by the end of the year.

Re:That's great!

By MightyYar • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

My favorite feature is the tendency of the Office built-in gee-wiz integration to just sort of fail silently sometimes. Everything opens up fine. Hitting save seems to save it. Close it and there is no problem. Then go back to sharepoint and where are your changes? If you are lucky maybe still somewhere in your %TEMP% folder. Fun, fun.

Jesus such hate

By WinstonWolfIT • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

The consultancy I work at also has sharepoint consultants and I've seen massive operations use it very well especially after it's been setup properly.

Re:That's great!

By thegarbz • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

It may be have the worst attributes of everything but that's because of what it tries to do: everything.

Want a document management system? Sharepoint!
Want a media management system? Sharepoint!
Want a collaboration system? Sharepoint!
Want a CMS based website? Sharepoint!
Want a file server? Sharepoint!
Want a blog? Sharepoint!
Want a database link for time management? Sharepoint!
Want a front end for your accounting system in SAP? Sharepoint!

Are you an admin and want some job security by creating a completely unmanageable system that no one will understand except for you? 3 words: Share Fucking Point!

Ok jokes aside, if you want to do any single thing then Sharepoint is quite horrible. But if you want to do everything then Sharepoint as frustrating as it is can be a one stop shop.

Re:That's great!

By Hognoxious • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

At least it doesn't try to be an init system.

Re:Jesus such hate

By squiggleslash • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I've seen two massive operations use it, but with neither were there any signs it was a useful tool beyond encouraging some employees (not even all, it's too hard for most) to centralize their documentation. It's easier, for most people, to use standard network shares and email to collaborate.

And, as others have mentioned, vital functionality requires Internet Explorer. Specific versions of Internet Explorer. It doesn't work properly with Edge, for instance.

The fact this tool requires "Sharepoint consultants" to set it up "properly" is a warning flag. The only Microsoft tool I've seen that needs both but ends up being a joy and a genuine advantage to a corporation once it is is ActiveDirectory - but it remains surprising nobody's stepped in with a simpler alternative to that. Sharepoint? *shudder*...