the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2022-Jun-22 today archive

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Half In UK Back Genome Editing To Prevent Severe Diseases

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Guardian: More than half the UK backs the idea of rewriting the DNA of human embryos to prevent severe or life-threatening diseases, according to a survey. Commissioned by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), a fertility and genomics charity, the Ipsos poll found that 53% of people support the use of human genome editing to prevent children from developing serious conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

There was less enthusiasm for use of the procedure to prevent milder conditions such as asthma, with only 36% in favor, and to create designer babies, with only a fifth expressing support, but views on the technology differed dramatically with age. Younger generations were far more in favor of designer babies than older people, with 38% of 16- to 24-year-olds and 31% of 25- to 34-year-olds supporting the use of gene editing to allow parents to choose features such as their child's height and eye and hair color. In the UK and many other countries it is illegal to perform genome editing on embryos that are intended for pregnancies, but the restrictions could be lifted if research shows the procedure can safely prevent severe diseases.


By Kunedog • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
That's up 0% from 13 and a half hours ago!

So Now It's 100% approval...

By GFS666 • Score: 3 • Thread
..since 13 hours ago it was 50%..I must assume that this story says that the remaining 50% now approve. I mean, Slashdot would NEVER re-run the same story twice, right?!

But not the food

By mrthoughtful • Score: 3 • Thread
Despite the concerted efforts of the chemicals industry to encourage UK consumers to accept GM/GE food, including huge lobbying efforts and campaigns to discount naysayers on Wikipedia, the UK (and EU) population remains resolutely against the idea. I guess it all depends upon the questionnaire - eg, if you happen to be the illegitimate child of a mother who chose BlueEyes, and if you inherited those genes, you be liable for license infringement. Now most UK citizens will say 'absolutely not'.

Msmash told us yesterday

By nospam007 • Score: 3 • Thread

BeauHD should be genetically modified to read ALL TFA before posting his crap.

Juul E-Cigarettes To Be Ordered Off US Shelves

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is preparing to order Juul Labs Inc to take its e-cigarettes off the market in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Reuters reports: Juul has faced heightened scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and state attorneys general over the appeal of its nicotine products to teenagers. Under pressure, the company in late 2019 had halted U.S. sales of several flavors. "This clearly comes as a surprise to the market ... we would expect that Juul would appeal the decision, and remain on the market through that process, which would likely take a year or more," Cowen analyst Vivien Azer said.

The looming verdict comes nearly two years after Juul had applied for approval to keep selling e-cigarettes in the country. The FDA's review of the applications was based on whether the e-cigarettes are effective in getting smokers to quit and, if so, whether the benefits to smokers outweigh the health damage to new users, including teenagers. [...] The estimated fair value of Altria's investment in Juul was $1.6 billion as of March end, a fraction of the $12.8 billion it paid in 2018, as a crackdown on vaping has upended the once fast-growing industry.

Re: Ridiculous

By registrations_suck • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

You don't seem to realize that driving like a total fucking moron comes perfectly natural to most people.

Re:Oh get a real job you government fucks

By serviscope_minor • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Your personal opinion is that Philip Morris (a.k.a. Juul) stealth advertising to teenagers is fine (which interestingly few people agree with you) and you do want this opinion imposed on everyone else because you're clearly pissy that they might actually not be allowed to.

As always, you simply consider your own opinions to be right and just and therefore not imposed.

Re:This is wrong on multiple levels

By thegarbz • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Decisions like this should be made by elected officials.

No. Decisions like this should be separate from elected officials. Lobbyists should not be involved in swaying the minds of the mouth-breathers in Congress when it comes to personal health.

This should be entirely a call from the FDA. It should be a call based on risk. And it should be applied equally across the sector. Ban e-cigarettes. And with the same stroke of pen ban cigars and regular cigarettes too. The entire industry deserves to be curb stomped to death, and executives, lobbyists, and marketing departments belong behind bars.

Re:Hey you, Big Tobacco wants its margins back

By narcc • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It's not your business or the government's what I choose to inhale.

As long as it doesn't affect me, have at it. Free Pat Tribett, go Warriors.

This tyranny in the name of keeping people safe needs to end.

Slow down there, cowboy. What you call tyranny I call necessary. You better believe I want rules, regulations, and heavy-handed enforcement that keeps lead out of baby formula and the labels on products honest.

Let's be real here: you can't trust the average for-profit entity for a second. If they can get away with it, they absolutely will compromise your safety in exchange for a better Q3. Hell, they do it now when they think screwing you and getting caught is more profitable than just doing the right thing. What do you think they'll do when getting caught isn't a consideration?

If you think it's annoying sorting through all that homeopathic junk at the pharmacy now, wait until they can just flat-out lie and say it's the real thing. That's what you're advocating for here, and I haven't even scratched the surface.

Re: Okay somebody over at ArsTechnica explained it

By Synonymous Cowered • Score: 4 • Thread

Or perhaps you are the one with the agenda. Those numbers are straight from the CDC. And if you think the CDC has some agenda, then 1) these numbers are in line with smoking death per capital in the 1960s (and we're considerably higher at their peak around 1990) so this agenda has been going on for well over 60 years, and 2) the deaths per capita are in line with smoking deaths per capita in countries all over the world, so this isn't just some CDC agenda but a global-wide conspiracy.

SpaceX Asserts 5G Would 'Blow Out' Satellite Users In 12 GHz Band

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Monica Alleven writes via Fierce Wireless: So much for the "win-win-win" scenario that Dish Network envisioned for the 12 GHz band. Dish and fellow MVDDS licensee RS Access have argued that the 12 GHz band can be used by both satellite players like SpaceX's Starlink and by companies like Dish that want to use it for 5G, all for the public's benefit. SpaceX on Tuesday submitted its own analysis (PDF) of the effect of terrestrial mobile deployment on non-geostationary orbit fixed satellite service (NGSO FSS) downlink operations. The upshot: The SpaceX study shows terrestrial mobile service would cause harmful interference to SpaceX's Starlink terminals in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band more than 77% of the time, resulting in full outages 74% of the time.

Although entities like RS Access note that SpaceX has access to plenty of other spectrum to accomplish its broadband mission, SpaceX insists that the 12 GHz band has become one of the most important and intensely used spectrum bands for Americans who depend on satellite services. In fact, SpaceX said it depends on the 12 GHz band for the workhorse frequencies in critical downlink services to serve Americans "in every corner of the nation." [...] SpaceX would like the FCC to drop the 12 GHz proceeding, but Dish and RS Access have been urging the FCC for years to change the rules so that their MVDDS licenses can be used for two-way 5G services.
In response to SpaceX's submission, the 5G for 12 GHz Coalition, issued the following statement: "We understand that SpaceX has -- after 18 months and both a robust comment and reply period -- just filed its own in-house technical submission to the 12 GHz proceeding. Our engineers and technical experts are reviewing the filing in depth and remain committed to working in good faith with the FCC and stakeholders to ensure that the American public is able to reap the immense benefits of 5G services in this band."

Re:That ship has sailed

By Reiyuki • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Like most government problems, this one will probably be settled by whatever side spends the most money.


By MDMurphy • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Deja vu all over again. Lightsquared bought satellite-only spectrum and tried to use it terrestrially. Didn't work so well for them:

I'm sure in both cases someone thought they could get a bargain by buying cheaper spectrum and then getting the FCC allow them to use it. No different than buying cheap land with the plans of getting it re-zoned to make it more valuable. Might be possible, but also a good chance of pissing off the neighbors.

Interesting case

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Both parties make some good points

“Even aside from their meritless technical claims, neither Dish nor RS Access can make a case that remotely justifies commission complicity in their attempted spectrum arbitrage,” SpaceX wrote in its June 21 filing. “As has been widely documented, Dish has never lived up to its repeated promises to deploy a new terrestrial networking using the exclusive licenses already stored up in its warehouses – the commission simply cannot gift more spectrum to any operator with this track record of broken promises and stranded consumers. For over a decade, Dish has promised and failed to timely deploy a network using its licenses in the 700 MHz, AWS-4, AWS H Block, AWS-3 and 600 MHz.”

If Dish is sitting on spectrum it was granted and not utilizing it they should be made to return it so it can be leased out again. I am even ok with a partial refund of the money they bought it with, hey shit happens but spectrum is given out for a reason.

SpaceX would like the FCC to drop the 12 GHz proceeding, but Dish and RS Access have been urging the FCC for years to change the rules so that their MVDDS licenses can be used for two-way 5G services.

In April 2021, the FCC granted a license modification for SpaceX, but it made a point of saying it was conditional on future actions at the commission, “including but not limited to the 12 GHz proceeding,” and therefore “SpaceX proceeds at its own risk” in terms of what it does in the 12 GHz band.

Seems like SpaceX should have held back bit on building a big dependence on spectrum they knew could essentially go away.

From a little googling it seems like 12GHz 5G is a Line-Of-Sight signal, so if someone is within range of a strong enough 12GHz signal to disrupt a stellite signal are there really any advantages of using satellite? People in the rural areas would use it precisely because they don't have those signals. Would be great if theres a way to give people the choice still.

We can't have nice things

By backslashdot • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Even if you're evil and don't care about rural broadband, you do realize Starlink would enable broadband on flights and on cruise ships globally right? Right now flights are pretty boring.

Existing broadband providers want to see Starlink die! They can see themselves fucked. Ever tried to corner a rabid possum? They are acting out the same way. I mean put yourself in their shoes. Existing broadband providers can't keep fucking people over for a service that should cost pennies, not to mention steal taxpayer money from the federal money for "universal broadband"! They've taken tens of billions for rural wired broadband and haven't dug a single trench. No way we'd have broadband in 60% of the landmass of America (and the world) without Starlink.

Coinbase Shares Fall After Rival Binance.US Drops Spot Bitcoin Trading Fees

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Coinbase shares fell almost 10% on Wednesday after rival crypto exchange Binance.US said it's dropping certain trading fees for customers. CNBC reports: Binance.US, the U.S. affiliate of the largest crypto exchange in the world by trading volume, said it will allow users to make spot bitcoin trades for the U.S. dollar and stablecoins tether, USD Coin and Binance USD without paying spot trading fees. Shares of Coinbase were down 9.7%. Robinhood slipped by less than 1%. In a separate report, Barron's Daren Fonda speculates that a price war could be next.

"It's the beginning of the end of Coinbase's high-fee business model," says Mizuho Securities analyst Dan Dolev. "We've said that the fees will eventually go close to zero. And it could be pretty rapid -- it may be months. The market is very competitive and getting tighter."

To the anti-moon

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

We've said that the fees will eventually go close to zero.

Which by a staggering coincidence is also where cryptocurrency prices are headed.

Oh boy

By istartedi • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

One of the reasons I gave to avoid that stock was, "let's see how it does in a crypto bear market. If it survives then it might be a good buy some day". I never thought about price wars with other exchanges in the middle of a bear market. That's double-plus un-good.

Fighting for rubes

By DrXym • Score: 3 • Thread
Idiots with disposable income are starting to dry up. Maybe they should compete by giving a free NFT with every trade. Something representative of what these investments are worth - a picture of someone's face smeared with dog shit for example.

Alexa Will Soon Be Able To Read Stories As Your Dead Grandma

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: At its annual re:Mars conference today in Las Vegas, Amazon's Senior Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, Rohit Prasad, announced a spate of new and upcoming features for the company's smart assistant. The most head turning of the bunch was a potential new feature that can synthesize short audio clips into longer speech.

In the scenario presented at the event, the voice of a deceased loved one (a grandmother, in this case), is used to read a grandson a bedtime story. Prasad notes that, using the new technology, the company is able to accomplish some very impressive audio output, using just one minute of speech. Details are scant, at the moment. There's no timeline or further specifics, but -- at very least -- this is the kind of news that will likely invite all manner of scrutiny over potential applications beyond something as banal or even heartwarming as reading a child The Wizard of Oz.

Black Mirror come to life

By TomR teh Pirate • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
The Amazon product seems pretty macabre. Heads of marketing and development should feel invited to watch all episodes of Black Mirror and if the episode matches up with the product idea, please don't do it.

Which is more creepy

By Whateverthisis • Score: 4 • Thread
The story we just had about locusts crawling over you to detect cancer, or an AI robot reading you stories like your dead relatives? Today is just a day for creepy.

What's new?

By sound+vision • Score: 3 • Thread

There's a YouTube channel that's been demoing this kind of tech already for 3 years. (As reported on Slashdot, Jay-Z sued, for using his likeness or something.)

So is the news here that they've managed to do it better somehow? Or just that this tech is now being used in a particular product?

Re:Much as I love my Grammy,

By MDMurphy • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
This is just the first step. Next will be "Grammy, will you make me a grilled cheese sandwich?" That will trigger a ghost kitchen to start making the sandwich to be picked up and delivered by an underemployed person with a car payment to make.
They'll even cut the crust off if you wish. For an additional fee.

Tip to tech companies...

By Chuq • Score: 3 • Thread

If there is a Black Mirror episode about your business idea, probably don't do it.

(S2E1 - Be Right Back)

CBDCs, Not Crypto, Will Be Cornerstone of Future Monetary System, BIS Says

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Crypto's structural flaws make it an unsuitable basis for a monetary system, according to the Bank for International settlements (BIS). Instead, monetary systems could be built around central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), which are digital representations of central bank money. CoinDesk reports: The BIS, an association of the world's major central banks, dedicates a 42-page chapter in its "2022 Annual Economic Report" to laying out a blueprint for the future of the global monetary system. In that vision, there is room for only some of crypto's underlying technical features, like programmability and tokenization, not for cryptocurrencies themselves. "Our broad conclusion is captured in the motto, "Anything that crypto can do, CBDCs can do better,'" said Hyun Song Shin, an economic adviser and head of research at the BIS, during a press briefing on Monday.

The chapter, which will be published Tuesday ahead of the full report, identifies a number of limitations of crypto, including the lack of a stable nominal anchor. In monetary policy that is a variable -- such as a currency peg -- that can be used to control price levels. Stablecoins, cryptocurrencies pegged to the value of assets like sovereign currencies, are the crypto world's search for such an anchor, Shin said. Stablecoins attempt to "piggyback on the stability of real money issued by central banks."

Shin said the recent crash of terraUSD, a dollar stablecoin with a market capitalization of $18 billion in early May that rapidly lost its peg, illustrated how stablecoins, despite their name, are unstable and don't make good units of account. Unlike other leading stablecoins, such as USDC and USDT, which are reportedly backed by dollar-denominated reserves, terraUSD is an algorithmic stablecoin backed by another cryptocurrency (in this case LUNA) with an algorithm in place to regulate supply and demand of the stablecoin and maintain its peg. "The second important finding is that crypto and stablecoins fail to achieve the full network effects that we normally expect of money," Shin said. Money, Shin said, is the perfect example of a virtuous circle of greater use and greater acceptance. Crypto's decentralized nature, on the other hand, achieves exactly the opposite, namely fragmentation.


By etash • Score: 3 • Thread
obivously. nobody serious cares about decentralization. fast and quick, centralized is the best option. and say a big fuck you to visa/mastercard with their thieving practices of 3% of every transaction. SWISH for example solves the problem in sweden. ..and yes I'd prefer the gov knowing where my money goes than a private company. private "decentralized" money is just an idiot's (=libertarian) wet dream which would lead to more corporatocracy.

Say What Now?

By Voyager529 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Instead, monetary systems could be built around central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), which are digital representations of central bank money.

Last pay period, I got a direct deposit right to my checking account.

I bought some stocks with an app using an account number and routing number.

I donated to a nonprofit using the Stripe plug-in they use on their website.

I made a bunch of purchases with my American Express card.

I paid my American Express bill using their mobile app, which withdrew the money from my bank account, using a routing number and an account number.

A friend of mine sent me money through Zelle. I sent some money to another friend via Venmo. Still another friend reimbursed me via Paypal.

I went an entire pay period without using cash at all. It was all digital representations of dollars, and I am far from unique.

Thus, I must ask: what is the difference between what the dollar is, right now, and a CBDC? Every transaction I performed was electronic, a digital representation of debits and credits. The value of a dollar is determined by a bunch of computers, and a bunch of computers determine how many dollars I have, based on what other computers tell it I should have.

Maybe there's a difference in there somewhere, but I'm sure as hell not picking up on it.


By taustin • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

While you are entirely correct, central banks aren't the enemy of crypto. Crypto is the enemy of crypto. BIS is the stopped clock, and this is one of the twice a day.

Re:Not "could"

By dasunt • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

The plan for many years now is that we all get BIS CDBCs which are internationally run and managed. You will see a push for everyone on earth to use these things like you have never seen before...
When the push comes (and it will come) resist it as hard as you can, because it's basically the end of humanity as a free species if it's widely adopted.
Luckily I think there will be significant resistance to it across the world but I think the political landscape will look very different after that wind blows through.

I can't imagine a world where instead of my employer giving me cash each payday, the "money" is transferred digitally to some account, which I can check via an app on my smartphone, and even make transfers to other accounts.

It could be horrifying. Instead of getting paper bills, they'd just come via email, and one would have to log into their smartphone app and pay them digitally from their account.

It could even extend to stuff like stocks, bonds, credit cards, and loans. Could you imagine not calling up your broker and mailing a check, but instead doing all from your phone or computer? Instead of getting a good old fashioned snail mail credit card invoice, you'd get an email, and log into some sort of portal to pay it off?

Truly, a horrifying world.

Re: Say What Now?

By bradley13 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

As you point out, currencies are already effectively digital. However, the banking system, clearing houses, etc. are historically complex.

As I understand it, the primary difference of a fresh, new CBDC would be the centralization. Transactions would run through a central clearing house. That clearing house would be run by the government.

There may be lots of advantages to that centralization, but it also gives the government an incredible amount of both information and power. No need to subpoena bank records, when they already know every transaction you've ever made. Under suspicion? Your transactions can simply be refused.

Cryptocurrencies may have so far failed to achieve it, but separating people's financial lives from their governments is important. Anecdote: I know a guy who got on the wrong side of the local IRS office. Despite crossing all t's and dotting all i's, his bank account would occasionally be emptied, causing all sorts of obvious problems. He would eventually get the money back, but only after a stupidly painful fight.

Governments are made up of people. Some of those people like power, and like abusing power. CBDCs give the governments way too much power, just waiting to be abused.

Mullvad VPN Axes Recurring Subscriptions In the Name of Privacy

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Mullvad has taken the decision to completely remove the ability to create new subscriptions -- all in the name of storing less data about their users. TechRadar reports: "Subscriptions clearly offer a lot of convenience but as we've seen that convenience comes at a cost and we no longer think this is an acceptable trade-off. We care deeply about usability but when it comes down to it, privacy has to win," wrote the provider in a blog post.

This move is a step forward in Mullvad's commitment to its users' privacy. It's actually one of the few services not to ask for any email address or other personal information to create an account. However, when it came to recurring subscription, the provider was forced to retain record of payments in order to provide refunds, charge the user again after their initial period of cover or recover a missing account. Therefore, one-time payments appear to be the only solution.

"We are constantly looking for ways to reduce the amount of data we store while still providing a usable service. Nowhere is the tension between privacy and usability more apparent than in the area of payments." Mullvad's monthly fee has always been the same on every plan - around $5.50. This is very different than almost every other consumer VPN, but there's no need to stress about a price rise. What's more, those who currently have an active Mullvad subscription do not need to worry either. Their account will keep running as usual for at least six months, or until their subscription comes to the end of a term.

Court Rules DMCA Does Not Override First Amendment's Anonymous Speech Protections

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Copyright law cannot be used as a shortcut around the First Amendment's strong protections for anonymous internet users, a federal trial court ruled on Tuesday. The decision by a judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California confirms that copyright holders issuing subpoenas under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act must still meet the Constitution's test before identifying anonymous speakers.

The case is an effort to unmask an anonymous Twitter user (@CallMeMoneyBags) who posted photos and content that implied a private equity billionaire named Brian Sheth was romantically involved with the woman who appeared in the photographs. Bayside Advisory LLC holds the copyright on those images, and used the DMCA to demand that Twitter take down the photos, which it did. Bayside also sent Twitter a DMCA subpoena to identify the user. Twitter refused and asked a federal magistrate judge to quash Bayside's subpoena. The magistrate ruled late last year that Twitter must disclose the identity of the user because the user failed to show up in court to argue that they were engaged in fair use when they tweeted Bayside's photos. When Twitter asked a district court judge to overrule the magistrate's decision, EFF and the ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the magistrate's ruling sidestepped the First Amendment when it focused solely on whether the user's tweets constituted fair use of the copyrighted works. [...]

EFF is pleased with the district court's decision, which ensures that DMCA subpoenas cannot be used as a loophole to the First Amendment's protections. The reality is that copyright law is often misused to silence lawful speech or retaliate against speakers. For example, in 2019 EFF successfully represented an anonymous Reddit user that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society sought to unmask via a DMCA subpoena, claiming that they posted Watchtower's copyrighted material. We are also grateful that Twitter stood up for its user's First Amendment rights in court.

A court, not THE court.

By Bite The Pillow • Score: 3 • Thread

Until it hits SCOTUS it's a small step in the right direction. And

it could be that USA entities are arguing over someone outside the country. I like that.


By bustinbrains • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Using subpoenas to cause someone to appear in court for the sole purpose of using the court to identify that person to then actively persecute them is extremely slimy and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Glad it has been upheld that it is Unconstitutional and inappropriate to use the courts in this manner. I don't always agree with the EFF and ACLU, but this is a good effort and outcome.

Re:Lawyers are the scum of the Earth

By taustin • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Do you feel the same about the lawyers representing Twitter and the ACLU?

Re:Lawyers are the scum of the Earth

By chiefcrash • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Twitter has the right under the 1st amendment to withhold the user's identity. (i.e. twitter has a right to maintain the source's anonymity, there is still no 1st amendment right to anonymity itself. This is actually twitter's freedom from compelled speech.)

Not quite: The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the right to anonymous free speech is protected by the First Amendment. A frequently cited 1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission reads:

Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society.

The tradition of anonymous speech is older than the United States. Founders Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers under the pseudonym "Publius " and "the Federal Farmer" spoke up in rebuttal. The US Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized rights to speak anonymously derived from the First Amendment.

Re:Lawyers are the scum of the Earth

By Knightman • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Not having read things in detail

I noticed. Lets talk about those details, one detail is that Bayside acquired the rights for the photos and registered for copyright AFTER the Twitter post. The lawyer representing Bayside said that the company was in the business of licensing out photos but interestingly enough the first time the company actually registered any photos was, as I said above, after the Twitter post.

When the judge presiding the case suggested that he maybe should hold an evidentiary hearing to find out more about Bayside the lawyer said that he preferred to have the subpoena squashed instead of having to defend who was behind Bayside which indicated that this was a prime example of a SLAPP suit. This whole case was about silencing a critic by using the court-system and the DMCA, nothing else, which Judge Chhabria hints at in his summary:

Bayside's reading of the DMCA raises serious constitutional concerns. After all, it is not enough to say that a speaker could assert their right to anonymity after their identity has been revealed; at that point, the damage will have been done. Fortunately, the statute does not compel (or permit) this result. Section 512(h) provides that "the procedure for issuance and delivery of the subpoena, and the remedies for noncompliance with the subpoena, shall be governed to the greatest extent practicable by those provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing the issuance, service, and enforcement of a subpoena duces tecum." -paragraph 512(h)(6). This provision incorporates Federal Rule 45, under which a court must "quash or modify" a subpoena that "requires disclosure of privileged or other protected matter." Fed. R. Civ. P. 45(d)(3)(A)(iii). A recipient of a DMCA subpoena may therefore move to quash on the basis that the subpoena would require disclosure of material protected by the First Amendment. See, e.g., Signature Management Team, LLC v. Automattic, Inc., 941 F. Supp. 2d 1145, 1152-53 (N.D. Cal. 2013); In re Verizon Internet Services, Inc., 257 F. Supp. 2d 244, 263-64 (D.D.C. 2003), rev'd on other grounds, Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. v. Verizon Internet Services, Inc., 351 F.3d 1229 (D.C. Cir. 2003). The fact that the DMCA allows a potential copyright infringement victim to issue a subpoena to a service provider without first filing a lawsuit says nothing about whether courts should consider the interests of anonymous speakers in the same way they would in other situations.

If you want to generalize about a specific case without actually bothering to read about the details, don't.

Scientists Hacked a Locust's Brain To Sniff Out Human Cancer

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Cyborg locust brains can help spot the telltale signs of human cancer in the lab, a new study has shown. The team behind the work hopes it could one day lead to an insect-based breath test that could be used in cancer screening, or inspire an artificial version that works in much the same way. From a report: Other animals have been taught to spot signs that humans are sick. For example, dogs can be trained to detect when their owners' blood sugar levels start to drop, or if they develop cancer, tuberculosis, or even covid. In all cases, the animals are thought to be sensing chemicals that people emit through body odor or breath. The mix of chemicals can vary depending on a person's metabolism, which is thought to change when we get sick. But dogs are expensive to train and look after. And making a device that mimics a dog's nose has proved extremely difficult to do, says Debajit Saha, one of the scientists behind the latest work, which has not yet been peer-reviewed. "These changes are almost in parts per trillion," says Saha, a neural engineer at Michigan State University. This makes them hard to pick up even with state-of-the-art technologies, he adds. But animals have evolved to interpret such subtle changes in scents. So he and his colleagues decided to "hijack" an animal brain instead.

Jurassic World taught me something about locusts..

By Kwirl • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
that we shouldn't mess with their genetics

Russia Launched Cyber Espionage Campaigns Against Ukraine Allies, Microsoft Says

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Russia has levied dozens of cyber espionage campaigns in 42 countries since it invaded Ukraine in February, according to a new Microsoft report. From a report: The report says those efforts have targeted entities across six continents and primarily focused on NATO allies and groups supporting Ukraine. "The Russian invasion relies in part on a cyber strategy that includes at least three distinct and sometimes coordinated efforts -- destructive cyberattacks within Ukraine, network penetration and espionage outside Ukraine and cyber influence operations targeting people around the world," Microsoft President Brad Smith said in the report. The tech giant previously detailed Russian cyber operations against Ukraine itself during the invasion in April. Sixty-three percent of the observed Russian activity in the 42 countries beyond Ukraine targeted NATO members, according to the new report. The United States has been Russia's top target, but the company also noted a large amount of activity in Poland -- which borders Ukraine and has provided significant military and humanitarian assistance to the country -- as well as the Baltic states.

Bill Gates for President!

By Vinegar Joe • Score: 3 • Thread

He's not a bug, he's a feature.


By KAdamM • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
I got this today in email. Is it related to the story? Hi, I am Russian virus but because of poor technology in my country I am not able to harm your computer. Please delete one of your important files yourself and than forward me to other users. Thank you for cooperation!


By spun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Wrong. We are not attacking allies of Russia. Russia is attacking allies of Ukraine. We are all trying to push propaganda through the Internet, but only one side is attacking the other side's allies.

Why are you trying to defend these evil fuckers?


By Darinbob • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Probably because Russia is paying for their army of cyber propagandists... What US is not doing is having a team of hackers undermining Russians and other enemies, trying to crash their computer, post in someone else's name, etc. Russia and China are the big state actors when it comes to cyber attacks.

Russians have a completely different world view, as they live in a bubble and do not see what the rest of the world is viewing. They see Ukraine as either the enemy, or a non-existent country (ie, they think it's a Russian province with no native language or culture of its own). They see the Ukrainian separatists as brave freedom fighters trying to protect citizens in their areas, they don't believe that those separatists are the ones torturing citizens in the regions they control, and they certainly disbelieve any stories that Russian soldiers would ever do anything wrong. They only have a one sided story. For their views on Putin, it is complex - if they have criticisms, they don't voice them, and are quick to announce "we're glad he's not Yeltsin, the economy was so bad back then".

For example, Russia has been putting up pictures and even statues of an old lady in Ukraine holding a Russian flag that they claim Ukrainian solders tore away from here and stamped into the mud. In reality, she held that flag because she thought the soldiers were Russian and it's a good idea to pretend to like Russia when Russian solders walk up to you with guns, and she was relieved that it was Ukrainian solders.

Witness Medyedev, former president and PM of Russia, talking with full vitriol on Telegram about how Ukraine is not a country, how he wishes they were all dead, and so forth. Possibly he's trying to suck up to Putin because since 2020 he's been in an odd do-nothing position in the government. Article in Helsinki Sanomat about how the west mistook him for a friend back in 2007 when he turned out to be the rabid attack dog today.

and if your own lot haven't against Russia

By Growlley • Score: 3 • Thread
Your tax payers should demand their money back,

Brave Search Passes 2.5 Billion Queries in Its First Year

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Brave blog: One year ago, we launched Brave Search to give everyone online a real choice over Big Tech: a privacy-protecting, unbiased alternative to Google and Bing, and a truly independent alternative to providers -- such as DuckDuckGo or Startpage -- that rely on Big Tech to run. Today, Brave Search is exiting its beta phase. [...] Brave Search has grown faster than any search provider since Bing. Some numbers: 2.5 billion queries in the past 365 days, a high of 14.1 million queries per day, 5 billion queries annualized (projection based on current monthly totals).


By awwshit • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It is important to remember that at its heart Brave is an advertising network. They can say whatever they want about privacy or how they purport to protect it, but without ads Brave does not exist. If you like ads then Brave is for you.

How much in crypto was earned?

By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

How much did they earn by involuntarily redirecting users to crypto sites of their affiliates? Heck how many of that 2.5 billion was via involuntary redirection?

I guess they have to make money somehow.

Privacy focussed

By backslashdot • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

They are privately focused on selling your info. References: and

A long way to go

By Tony Isaac • Score: 3 • Thread

Google processes 5 billion searches...per day.

Re:I tried Brave recently

By markdavis • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

>"I recently switched from FireFox to Brave's browser because Brave does a much better job of blocking ads."

In Firefox, ad blocking is done as an addon, so it can't be "better than Firefox" at blocking ads, it can only be "better than X addon." And using UBlock Origin in Firefox, that is hard to beat.

Also, you have switched to a "yet another chromium" browser, which indirectly reinforces Google's control over the Web. Something not the case with Firefox.

>Best of all, Brave blocks auto-play videos. I'm impressed."

Firefox has been doing that for ages.

Colombia's New President Gustavo Petro Pledges To Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

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Colombia has elected its first left-wing president, setting the Latin American nation on a path to wind down its fossil fuel production. From a report: Leftist Gustavo Petro was voted in Sunday night alongside Goldman prize-winning environmental campaigner Francia Marquez, the nation's first black and second female vice-president. In his manifesto, Petro committed to "undertake a gradual de-escalation of economic dependence on oil and coal." He committed not to grant any new licenses for hydrocarbon exploration during his four-year mandate and to halt all pilot fracking projects and the development of offshore fossil fuels. "These are not baby steps but huge steps towards the transition and reducing fossil fuels," said Colombian environmentalist Martin Ramirez.

If Petro formalises his commitments to phasedown fossil fuel production, Colombia could become the largest fossil fuel producer to do so. At the Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow last year, Costa Rica and Denmark launched an alliance of countries committed to phasing out oil and gas production known as the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, collectively accounting for 0.2% of global oil production. Colombia produces around 1% of the world's coal, oil and gas.

He's gone in 4 years

By magzteel • Score: 3 • Thread

This isn't going to happen. From the article:

"Oil and coal exports are Colombia’s largest source of foreign currency and there are fears the price of the peso could drop when the market opens on Tuesday, piling political pressure onto the government to maintain fossil fuel exports."

The guy is gone in 4 years. They will just tie this up in the legislature and in the courts.

Just what South America needs

By Dareth • Score: 3 • Thread
Just what South America needs... another Venezuela. As people are finding out, you can't stock up on gas like you can toilet paper.

Re:He's gone in 4 years

By Darinbob • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Yes, it's called democracy. How quick some are to blame democracy once someone they disapprove of wins an election.

In the old days, this meant that the rich oil barons would beg the CIA to arrange for a right wing military junta to overthrow the government. These days, hopefully, we stay hands off and stop treating South America like a political board game.


By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

Socialism depends on spending other people's money, so without oil how are they going to fund anything? They will quickly devolve into a Venezuela. Not even wealthy resource-excess countries like Sweden or Norway have managed to make socialism work and still had to retain their market economy and reverse a lot of the attempts to move away from that.

Re:He's gone in 4 years

By Darinbob • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Biden's not great, I agree. But a million times better than that criminal Trump. And inflation is not caused by the president, especially when it's world wide.

Wimbledon Hoping Big Data Will Improve Fan Experience

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Wimbledon is turning to big data to help improve fans' tennis knowledge, after discovering even ticket holders at the Championships were not aware of most of the players in the game. From a report: Crowds at this year's tournament -- expected to return to sold-out levels with easing of coronavirus restrictions -- are to be exposed to more facts and figures organisers hope will help get them "closer to the sport." AI-powered stats will seek to better explain the strengths and weaknesses in players' games but also predict upsets and rising stars, with data built in part from trawling newspaper headlines.

Alexandra Willis, the All England Club's director of communications and marketing, said the idea had come about before Covid. "We found that most fans didn't watch tennis the rest of the year," she said. "They also hadn't heard of most of the players [and] this was a specific barrier to engagement." Spectators at Wimbledon fortnight, as well as television viewers and app users, will have access to Win Factor, a tool that will aggregate data from a number of sources to better predict a player's chances of victory in a given match. Fans will be able to input their own match predictions while being encouraged to scour more information on some of the game's lesser-known players.

Are they going to whore it up like NHL and MLB?

By schwit1 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Both leagues have gone all in on advertising for the gambling industry. It seems every game has betting odds at the top or bottom. It's whorish.

When a marketing director says "big data"

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

She almost certainly primarily means they'll attempt to track and monetize the fans as much as possible.


By awwshit • Score: 3 • Thread

We really want to be relevant, Big Data and AI will save us!

Yeah, right.

Are you kidding? Data ruins the fun in sports.

By Fly Swatter • Score: 3 • Thread
When you know how the game will mostly turn out and why, then what is the point? Yes you still have to play the game but not knowing the enemy, er I mean visitor is half the fun. maybe. I don't know, I don't attend sports since a) it's on TV and b) I'm cheap c) I don't even watch sports much anymore except the local NFL team.

Baseball turned into a home run derby. It's not on OTA TV anymore. Basketball I was never into, it's not on OTA TV anymore. and Ice hockey isn't on OTA TV anymore and I am cheap.

Plus there are now more commercials than playing time.

If someone gets a papercut we have to yank them from the game - or they aren't in the game because they might get a papercut if they play every day (Baseball) I guess we have big data to thank for that one. In Basketball they may play every game if all goes right, but if it's not a statistical help to get to the playoffs we don't have to try hard every game.

-that moment you realize you sound like an old grumpy man - oh well.

Better to Watch on TV

By TokyoJimu • Score: 3 • Thread

Just admit that watching almost any sport on TV is a better experience than watching in person, what with multiple cameras, close-ups, player info, and analysis.

Saltier Oceans Could Have Prevented Earth From Freezing

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The Sun shone 20% less brightly on early Earth, and yet fossil evidence shows that our planet had warm shallow seas where stromatolites -- microbial mats -- thrived. Now a study may have solved the "faint young Sun paradox," showing that saltier oceans could have prevented Earth from freezing over during Archean times, 3bn years ago. From a report: We all know that the composition of the atmosphere (particularly the abundance of greenhouse gases) plays a crucial role in tempering Earth's climate, but what about the composition of the oceans? To answer this question researchers used an ocean-atmosphere general circulation model to investigate the impact of salinity.

They show that saltier oceans result in warmer climates, partly because the salt depresses the freezing point of seawater and inhibits sea-ice formation, but mostly because the greater density of salty water alters ocean circulation patterns and aids heat transport to the poles. Under their Archean scenario they show that present-day levels of salinity produce a severely glaciated world with only a narrow strip of open water at the equator. But pushing salinity up to 40% greater than today revealed a warmer Archean world, with average surface temperatures of more than 20C, and ice only appearing seasonally at the poles. Their findings are reported in Geophysical Research Letters.

the amount of luck

By bugs2squash • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
The Earth seems to have had a significant amount of luck over the ages, no wonder it is hard to find life elsewhere

Re: the amount of luck

By anonymouscoward52236 • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Which alien did it and why are you calling them intelligent? They put the plumbing and entertainment center in the same organs...

Switch to regular salt

By El_Muerte_TDS • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Clearly everybody should stop using that fancy sea salt and just switch to regular salt.

Re: the amount of luck

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

I love this game;

Actual Earnest Religious Belief or Sarcastic Shit-posting?

Guess correctly and win the grand prize!

Re:the amount of luck

By Tablizer • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

> It it probably not luck, but points towards intelligent design more than anything. Too many coincidences to be just random.

Maybe you were being facetious, but the term for it is "anthropic principle". Intelligent life will only show up under ideal (lucky) conditions, which do happen every few billion planets or so. Essentially we are the product of "luck" such that if we look around it looks like too much coincidence. But we are not a random observer observing random planets, we are the product of narrow circumstances and thus will be born inside these narrow circumstances.

To misquote the orange dude with Tribbles on his head, we couldn't have evolved on a "shithole planet".

The close calls of nuclear war during the Cold War were probably also a filter. There's almost a dozen (known) times we were on the brink of offing ourselves.

China Approves Plan for 'Healthy' Development of Fintech Sector

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Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting Wednesday that approved promoting the "healthy" development of the payment and fintech sectors, a sign that a broad crackdown on tech companies like Ant Group may be easing. From a report: The meeting of the central commission for deepening overall reform also backed enhancing regulation of major payment platforms, state broadcaster China Central Television reported, adding that companies would be encouraged to return to their roots while the authorities will improve regulation. As part of the plans, China would ensure the security of payment and financial infrastructure, and work to prevent and defuse systemic financial risks, CCTV said. The government will also enhance oversight of financial holding companies and financial institutions invested by platform firms, the report said, without adding details.

Not sure whether to laugh or cry

By Baconsmoke • Score: 3 • Thread
"China would ensure the security of payment and financial infrastructure" Few sentences are more ridiculous than that one.

Canada To Compel YouTube, TikTok and Streamers To Boost Domestic Content

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Canada approved legislation that targets what video- and audio-sharing platforms like YouTube and TikTok can broadcast to a Canadian audience, as the country follows in Europe's footsteps in imposing a heftier regulatory burden on the digital sector. From a report: This marks the second attempt in as many years by Canada's Liberal government to compel digital platforms, including streaming companies like Netflix, to prominently feature Canadian artists on their services when users with a Canadian internet-protocol address log in. As contemplated under the new measures, users who search for music, television programming, films or do-it-yourself video shorts would get results incorporating a certain quota of Canadian-made content.

YouTube, a unit of Alphabet, TikTok, and the big streaming companies, among them Netflix, as well as legal experts and some Canadian artists, have either opposed Canada's move or warned of unintended consequences -- such as hurting the people the new policy is intended to help. Countries like Canada are increasingly turning to regulatory changes to protect domestic interests in light of the big inroads the world's biggest digital companies have made in transforming how households watch programs, listen to music, conduct day-to-day business and consume news.

Re:Isn't it up to Canadians

By mark-t • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

In fact, they do. A lot of them do.

The problem with legislation such as this is that it biases against less popular domestic streams, even if the content might actually be *more* relevant to what they are actually looking for than what the better known domestic channels might carry. The requirements to qualify as "canadian content" are not something that most amateurs are going to be bothered with - it's not just good enough to happen to be a streamer who is Canadian and streaming from Canada, especially if you are unknown to most people.

It is going to result in newcomers to streaming in Canada being all but completely undiscoverable. Basically, if you're a Canadian youtuber, and you don't already have at least a million subscribers already by the time this law is enacted, it is likely that your channel will be all but forever unknown to a lot of people in Canada.

JJ McCoullough, a moderately popular Canadian youtuber, attempted to bring this matter to people's attention in Ottawa when he was invited to speak there as an expert on the matter pertaining to the passing of this law. They basically ignored him and are just going to do what they had intended to do from the beginning.

Intentions are good

By quantaman • Score: 3 • Thread

I don't know if this policy is a good idea from a practical perspective, but it's definitely a good idea to help promote and safeguard our culture.

It's not uncommon to see right-leaning Canadians post Tucker Carlson clips on Facebook. The "Trucker protest" was full of QAnon nuts and people whining about their 1st amendment rights. And racial equality discussions are inundated with use of the word "woke", which is a term fairly specific to African Americans. Canada's traditional small-c conservatives are being replaced by people who adhere more closes to the US Republican party.

The problem is that the US media market is far too large and it drowns out a lot of our domestic dialogue. Even hit Canadian shows tend to make the locale ambiguous in order to appeal to US audiences and our politicians are caught reacting to US news cycles.

And yes, the Americanization of Canadian culture has serious consequences. Talented youth being drawn south because they lack a strong national identity, politicians focusing on political narratives from the US at the expense of domestic issues, and most seriously long term threats to our sovereignty. One of the things that enabled Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine was the legacy of Russification that undercut Ukrainian unity. It's a few political generations away, but if the GOP goes the way of Ron DeSantis I'm not confident that the US will remain a Democracy. And when that happens I want a Canada with a strong coherent identity and a strong military to defend ourselves.

Re:As a Canadian

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4 • Thread

This kind of thing has been the law for years in some European countries. TV channels and streaming services must carry a certain amount of domestic content, must spend a certain amount of their new programme budget on locally produced media, etc.

Netflix had embraced it, and given us shows like Lupin. Scandinavian crime dramas are popular overseas too.

No need for silly firewalls or technical measures. The law applies to the subsidies these companies have to set up to do business there. Same way US companies have to abide by GDPR, get into regulatory issues etc.

Re:As a Canadian

By dumb_jedi • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It would be enforced by installing government controlled firewalls, regulating what content is permitted to flow inside and outside of Canada. And when VPN's in other countries are discovered to be a workaround, they will gate those off as well. Yep. Canada is turning into China.

I live in Canada. While I agree that this law is stupid, pointless, and very hard to enforce, your post is absolute BS.

Re:As a Canadian

By Rhipf • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Actually it was added to fill an advertising space difference between Canada and US broadcasts. The US had more commercial time than Canada did so the producers needed to fill the spot with content. The CBC did want the extra time to be filled with "distinctive Canadian programming" though so Dave Thomas jokingly said "What do you want us to do? Throw up a map of Canada and sit there wearing toques and parkas?" and the producers decided that was a great idea.
So Kanadian Korner/Great White North weren't added to meet broadcast standards but just to meet CBC's requirements.

Blockchains Vulnerable To Tampering, a DARPA Analysis Finds

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A new report finds that blockchain systems might not be working as well as many crypto enthusiasts assume. From a report: The report was commissioned by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, and the work was done by the software security research company Trail of Bits. Trail of Bits CEO Dan Guido says blockchain -- the public ledgers that keep track of cryptocurrencies, which are replicated on computers around the world -- isn't the egalitarian tech its advocates claim. "It's been taken for granted that the blockchain is immutable and decentralized, because the community says so," says Guido. But in practice, he says, these networks have evolved in ways that concentrate power in the hands of certain people or companies, including the large pools of "miners" whose computers earn virtual currency by maintaining the blockchains.

Guido's team calls these potential situations "unintended centralities" -- situations in which someone gains leverage over the decentralized system, creating opportunities for tampering with the record of who owns what. Another example in the report of this kind of concentration is the fact that 60% of Bitcoin traffic is handled by just three internet service providers. "Let's say somebody with great top-down control of the internet in their country starts to interfere with that network," Guido says. By slowing down or stopping legitimate blockchain traffic, an attacker could become the "majority" voice in the consensus of what's written to a blockchain at that moment. "They can rewrite history. They can censor transactions. They can make it so that you can't spend your Bitcoin," says Guido. "It's definitely something people would want to do if they want to 'grief' the network."

Re:last guy to defent bitcoin

By splutty • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The 51% method has always been an option and an issue. If say, Lawrence Livermore wanted to do an attack on Bitcoin, they could most likely easily do so with just the computers they already have (of course that would mean they'd have to be repurposed for a while).

It's never been impossible. A lot of crypto adherents just don't think it will ever happen, despite the fact it already happened a few times, just not with something as large as Bitcoin or ETH.

If you cut out 30% of 'valid' authenticators, you need less of your own to make sure you can fork the blockchain.


By jacks smirking reven • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Yup yup because as soon as people started putting "real" money into Bitcoin it ceased being about any lofty goals such as ethics on monetary policy, or financial systems or actually making a compelling product people would like to use. Now that people have their money tied into the protocol the code itself is cornered from doing anything actually interesting or shaking the boat.

Even ETH's proof of stake is entirely predicated on the idea that the people who already control the largest shares of the network will continue to be able to hold onto it, otherwise it would never happen.

Whenever people bring up all the shit they've piled on top of Bitcoin and crypto to mask it's problems (like Lightning) it's all a distraction away from the fact that Bitcoin can't actually be the thing it purports to be because people don't want to lose their money. It's only about the money, and that money they're so concerned about ain't actually Bitcoins.


By Joviex • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
This is why Crypto was/is nothing more than the invisible Emperor in new clothes.

But, but!

By fuzzyfuzzyfungus • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
But the 'web3' bros all told me that blockchain would lead to a glorious decentralized metaverse future; and that today's substantially centralized internet was somehow the fault of a bunch of technologies specifically designed for a decentralized collection of interconnected networks; rather than any sort of economic incentives, network effects, or economies of scale! How can this be?

this is shocking ...

By amoeba1911 • Score: 3 • Thread
... to no one. Everybody who knows how cryptotokens work already knows cryptotokens are just a solution to a problem nobody had (and never will have) and people who are die-hard fans of the nonsense tokens are still too dumb to understand it.

There will always be the people that hodl for life ... not because they understand or believe in the future of crypto, but because they lost their private key.

Half in UK Back Genome Editing To Prevent Severe Diseases

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More than half the UK backs the idea of rewriting the DNA of human embryos to prevent severe or life-threatening diseases, according to a survey. From a report: Commissioned by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), a fertility and genomics charity, the Ipsos poll found that 53% of people support the use of human genome editing to prevent children from developing serious conditions such as cystic fibrosis. There was less enthusiasm for use of the procedure to prevent milder conditions such as asthma, with only 36% in favour, and to create designer babies, with only a fifth expressing support, but views on the technology differed dramatically with age.

Younger generations were far more in favour of designer babies than older people, with 38% of 16- to 24-year-olds and 31% of 25- to 34-year-olds supporting the use of gene editing to allow parents to choose features such as their child's height and eye and hair colour. In the UK and many other countries it is illegal to perform genome editing on embryos that are intended for pregnancies, but the restrictions could be lifted if research shows the procedure can safely prevent severe diseases. Genome editing has been hailed as a potential gamechanger for dealing with a raft of heritable diseases ranging from cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy to Tay-Sachs, a rare condition that progressively destroys the nervous system. In principle, the faulty genes that cause the diseases can be rewritten in IVF embryos, allowing those embryos to develop into healthy babies.


By DarkRookie2 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Because they know, while at first this will be used this way for the PR, it will thing become a multi million dollar service for the rich to design their children.

There are easier approaches

By bradley13 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

To do the editing, you first have to test. Then you really want to edit the DNA in *all* the cells. Even if you can get a virus or something to infect the embryo and place your edits, 100% distribution seems...unlikely at best. And you will almost certainly be doing this outside the womb, i.e., IVF.

So why make things complicated? IVF normally produces several embryos. Just test them, and implant the one that doesn't have any identifiable diseases.

If you have parents who are 100% going to pass on some disease, then edit the egg or sperm to eliminate it before starting an embryo. That way, you only have to edit half-a-cell, instead of the whole embryo.

Finally, although eugenics has a bad rep from actions in the early 20th century, there really is nothing wrong with the concept. Why shouldn't we eliminate type-1 diabetes? Heritable cancer risks? Why shouldn't we choose to have healthy, intelligent children? Honestly, this is inevitable. We just as well accept it and clarity the ethical aspects ahead of time...

Fiction and reality blur

By stabiesoft • Score: 3 • Thread
I saw how this works in Gattaca.

Same timeline as practical nuclear fusion:

By Rick Schumann • Score: 3 • Thread
At least 10 years away. Constantly.
Screwing around with the DNA of a fetus makes Murphy come to full attention, readying his Weapon of Unintended Consequences. Seriously, folks, I don't think we're ready to start monkeying with people's genes before they're even born. Also, it opens the door to all sorts of unethical 'editing' of people.
Sorry, that's just how I feel about this, I don't think we're mature enough or responsible enough, as a species, to be doing this yet.


By backslashdot • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

So your justification for not allowing a parent to heal their child of a debilitating illness is that you're jealous of the rich?

Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. New POC Exploit Shows Otherwise

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the decade since larger-than-life character Kim Dotcom founded Mega, the cloud storage service has amassed 250 million registered users and stores a whopping 120 billion files that take up more than 1,000 petabytes of storage. A key selling point that has helped fuel the growth is an extraordinary promise that no top-tier Mega competitors make: Not even Mega can decrypt the data it stores. On the company's homepage, for instance, Mega displays an image that compares its offerings to Dropbox and Google Drive. In addition to noting Mega's lower prices, the comparison emphasizes that Mega offers end-to-end encryption, whereas the other two do not. Over the years, the company has repeatedly reminded the world of this supposed distinction, which is perhaps best summarized in this blog post. In it, the company claims, "As long as you ensure that your password is sufficiently strong and unique, no one will ever be able to access your data on MEGA. Even in the exceptionally improbable event MEGA's entire infrastructure is seized!" (emphasis added). Third-party reviewers have been all too happy to agree and to cite the Mega claim when recommending the service.

Research published on Tuesday shows there's no truth to the claim that Mega, or an entity with control over Mega's infrastructure, is unable to access data stored on the service. The authors say that the architecture Mega uses to encrypt files is riddled with fundamental cryptography flaws that make it trivial for anyone with control of the platform to perform a full key recovery attack on users once they have logged in a sufficient number of times. With that, the malicious party can decipher stored files or even upload incriminating or otherwise malicious files to an account; these files look indistinguishable from genuinely uploaded data.

After receiving the researchers' report privately in March, Mega on Tuesday began rolling out an update that makes it harder to perform the attacks. But the researchers warn that the patch provides only an "ad hoc" means for thwarting their key-recovery attack and does not fix the key reuse issue, lack of integrity checks, and other systemic problems they identified. With the researchers' precise key-recovery attack no longer possible, the other exploits described in the research are no longer possible, either, but the lack of a comprehensive fix is a source of concern for them. "This means that if the preconditions for the other attacks are fulfilled in some different way, they can still be exploited," the researchers wrote in an email. "Hence we do not endorse this patch, but the system will no longer be vulnerable to the exact chain of attacks that we proposed." Mega has published an advisory here. However, the chairman of the service says that he has no plans to revise promises that the company cannot access customer data.

Re:Why So Long?

By Chris Mattern • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

You've made a basic mistake; you assume that Mega cares about keeping the files secure. They only care that they convince their users that they're keeping the files secure.

Re:Why So Long?

By zekica • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Actually, they care about not wanting to know what the user uploaded.

Kinda, maybe.

By Gravis Zero • Score: 3 • Thread

This opens the platform to a key-recovery attack that is practical under certain circumstances, namely once a user has logged into an account slightly more than 512 times.

I think it's fantastic that someone bothered to verify the claim though I doubt anyone but intelligence agencies would bother to actually do it. There is a fair chance that someone at the NSA/GCHQ is miffed that someone just ruined their fun.

Re:The title do not really match the info

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

If you really want privacy with any kind of cloud storage system like that, encrypt the data before uploading and be aware that they still get the metadata.

Re:Why So Long?

By squiggleslash • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread


It reminds me of an opposite case: Matrix (the IRC replacement.) They spent a long time trying to make sure they did E2E encryption "right". Keys aren't stored on any servers, they're not related to any passwords, everything is done in plain sight in the browser (so the scripts are auditable, and you can even install your own client if you want to.)

The result? Matrix went from 10 to 0 in terms of "Anyone can use it" in the space of a single update. Suddenly users were being prompted to download files full of keys or else risk being locked out of their account upon next log in. And those same users now have to transfer those keys from device to device to make sure that every device they log into can have access to them. No keys? You lose the ability to chat with anyone.

I believe the only let up on this is backtracking on the whole "Let's make it mandatory" part of things.

We're still waiting for IPSec to be used for its originally intended purpose (no, it wasn't intended to only be used as part of a VPN protocol), allowing a computer to look up an IP, see if there's a key for it, and if so just start communicating with it using encrypted packets, because it turns out (who'd have thought) the encryption bit itself is the easiest part of an encrypted connection, the real security nightmare is key exchange.

It doesn't surprise me at all that Mega's didn't work. And I suspect that 90% of proprietary communication systems that supposedly support E2EE are broken. As opposed to 50+% of open communication systems...

Israel Ministry of Defense To Test Drone-Packing Advanced Robotic Tank

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The Israeli Ministry of Defense plans to begin testing of a Medium Robotic Combat Vehicle (M-RCV) next year. New Atlas reports: Developed by the Ministry of Defense's Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), the Tank and APC Directorate, and Israeli security industries, the robotic tank is based on a new robotic platform type BLR-2 made by Israeli firm BL. It features a 30-mm autonomous turret originally developed by the Tank and APC Directorate for the Eitan armored personnel carrier; the Elbit Iron Fist Active Protection System, which is a smaller, mountable version of the Iron Dome anti-projectile defense system; fire control and mission management systems; a robotic autonomous operations kit; and active and passive sensors for situational awareness.

In addition, the robotic vehicle carries a capsuled drone that it can deploy and retrieve for forward reconnaissance missions. It can also carry a variety of heavy loads, as well as an Israeli Aerospace Industries missile launcher and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike missiles. According to Elbit, the robot can operate in all weathers in a largely autonomous mode and can integrate with uncrewed battlefield arrays. Field tests in representative scenarios are scheduled to start in 2023.
You can view the M-RCV in action here.

some discrepancy..

By MancunianMaskMan • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
Methods of defending/accreting occupied lands: cutting-edge 21st century stuff.

rationale for defending/accreting occupied lands: writings from antiquity of dubious origin and based on moral code incompatible with 21st centrury.

Re:some discrepancy..

By nagora • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Year of country's birth: 1948. Judaea & Samaria were part of Israel then.
Year when neighbors descended and Jordan stole Judaea & Samaria: 1948.
Year when Israel retook Judaea & Samaria from Jordan:1967.

You can't steal what was yours in the first place.

You mean the stuff that was stolen from the locals in 1948? Israel should never have been created; it's like taking a patch of land in England and calling it The Shire because you think Lord of the Rings is a documentary.

Re:some discrepancy..

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

It doesn't matter, really, since that land changed hands so many times. No matter who claims they were there first, they are all lying. Further, they are all racially mixed despite efforts to the contrary, so they are all the same people anyway, which makes the situation even more pathetic. Religion ruins everything.

Re:some discrepancy..

By gtall • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

"we reinstalled them by force so that we could use them to keep down Islam"

Not a fan of history I see. Starting in the 1800s (and probably before) Jewish immigration to Palestine from Europe and Russia increased due to increasing antisemitic incidents. They joined the Sabra, the Jews already living there. This increased in the early part of the 1900s. After WWII, Jews in Europe and Russia decided they needed a homeland. Europe and Russia were broken because of the war and extremely poor, there was nothing there for them. And given how the Europeans and Russians tended to take out their frustrations on the Jews, many left for Palestine.

During the war, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem made a visit to Hitler to tell him to get on with exterminating the Jews. The Nazis eventually made him a Gruppenfuhrer and his band of thugs committed atrocities in the Balkans.

The U.S. didn't think squat about Muslims during and before the war. In fact, Roosevelt signed an oil deal with the fat boys in Saudi Arabia. When Israel decided to declare itself a state, Truman didn't express any enthusiasm at all. It caught his administration, not by surprise, but presented a new conundrum since the U.S. had "allies" in the region at the time, more trading partners than anything.

The Arabs decided to get into the act and started cracking down on Jews in their countries. That increased emigration to Israel. After the 1947 war and the plans they laid for 1967, Israel struck first and grabbed the rest of Palestine. The Arabs deserved to lose.

The Arabs weren't done, Sadat and Assad (the current leader of Syria's daddy) tried again in 1973 but Israel fought them to a draw only because the U.S. stepped in a stopped them marching on Cairo and Damascus.

NASA Starts Shutting Down Voyager After 50 Years

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Nasa has begun turning off the spacecraft Voyager's systems, signaling the beginning of the end of the probe's 50-year career. The Independent reports: Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 -- two identical probes -- were launched in 1977 and travelled across interstellar space to the edge of the solar system, giving humanity its closest look at the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Now, however, Nasa must start limiting the Voyagers' processes in order to keep them operating until 2030. "We're at 44 and a half years," says Ralph McNutt, a physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, told Scientific American. "So we've done 10 times the warranty on the darn things."

The first Voyager craft has four remaining functioning instruments, while Voyager 2 has five, all of which are powered by converting decaying plutonium into electricity. This battery has had its output decreasing by approximately four watts every year, leading to Nasa making some tough choices about what to disable; in 2019, engineers had to turn off the heater for the cosmic-ray detector, a key piece of equipment for detecting when Voyager 2 exited the heliosphere- the magnetosphere, astrosphere and outermost atmospheric layer of the Sun.

The final instruments Nasa will disable are likely to be the magnetometer and the plasma science instrument, which are contained in the body of the spacecraft. These are warmed by the excess heat of the computers, while the others are suspended on a 13 meter fiberglass boom, meaning that they are likely to take the longest to get cold. Both craft remain so far from Earth that it takes a radio signal almost 22 hours to reach Voyager 1 and just over 18 for Voyager 2 -- even when traveling at the speed of light.

Re:Old, recycled article

By ZiggyZiggyZig • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

You didn't know /. sent a probe in outer space in the 60s? It's now halfway to Alpha Centauri and it's been posting stuff here ever since launch - but with the increasing distance between us, its "news" are always a bit late.


By tragedy • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

My favorite bit is:

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 -- two identical probes -- were launched in 1977 and travelled across interstellar space to the edge of the solar system...

Unless they're saying that they were launched from some other star system, I think whoever wrote that is confused about what interstellar space is.

Re:Q. can decaying plutonium run my Tesla?

By hackertourist • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

The nice thing about Pu-238 is that its entire decay chain is alpha particles, which are easily shielded by a sheet of paper.
The power density of RTGs is really low (4 W/kg). You'd need to leave most of the battery pack on the Tesla intact and trickle-charge it from the RTG.

Re:Stop, Dave

By Miles_O'Toole • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Dave's not here...

V'Ger will remember this.

By 140Mandak262Jamuna • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
NASA shuts down Voyager? Ha! Humbug!!. When V'Ger comes back it will shut down NASA.