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+ - 282 Muon neutrino to electron neutrino oscillation conclusively shown

Submitted by Chris Greenley
Chris Greenley (2990113) writes "The T2K long baseline neutrino experiment in Japan has just announced conclusive evidence for electron to muon neutrino oscillation at the 7.5 sigma level. (The level needed for discovery is 5 sigma.) This experiment generates a focused beam of electron neutrinos using an accelerating in the J-PARC facility north of Tokyo which is aimed at the massive Super-Kamiokande detector 295 KM (185 miles) away near the west coast of Japan.

This T2K observation is the first of its kind in that an explicit appearance of a unique flavor of neutrino at a detection point is unequivocally observed from a different flavor of neutrino at its production point.

This result clears the way for CP-violation neutrino studies which could show that "regular" neutrinos act differently than their antimatter counterparts, a phenomenon that so far has only been observed in quarks. If neutrino CP-violation is found, it could explain why there is such a large predominance of matter over antimatter in the universe."

+ - 390 Some 13 years after the DeCSS case, Congressional IT endorses VLC ->

Submitted by robp
robp (64931) writes "After a link to VLC showed up in one of HBO's DMCA takedown requests, I recalled how often I've linked to VLC in my own copy, and how often I've seen that app noted across traditional-media outlets--even though you could make the same arguments against linking to it that Judge Kaplan bought in 2000. Now, though, even the House's own IT department not only links to this CSS-circumventing app but endorses it. Question is, what led to this enlightenment?"
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+ - 348 Microsoft's share suffered biggest crash since 2000 !->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Microsoft shares hit by biggest sell-off since 2000, $30 billion market cap wiped out

Shares of Microsoft dropped 11.4 percent today, representing the biggest single-day drop in over 13 years. The last time it occurred was on April 24, 2000, when shares plunged 15.6 percent as the world's largest software company locked itself in an antitrust dispute with the U.S. government. Since then, Microsoft has never experienced such a shelling, until today that is. This came after the software company posted dismal quarterly results due to weak demand for its latest Windows system and poor sales of its Surface tablet.

A lot of links available, below is only a very limited list

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/19/us-microsoft-research-idUSBRE96I0MO20130719

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/19/why-microsoft-shares-got-totally-crushed.aspx

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/it-opinion/steve-ballmers-eternal-quest-to-rescue-microsoft-20130719-hv11h.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2013/07/19/microsoft-doesnt-fear-the-post-pc-world-bank-on-77b-in-cash-and-ballmers-shift-to-devices-and-cloud/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/07/18/microsoft-quarterly-earnings/2553649/

https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/2892284"
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+ - 225 Microsoft Bug Bounties Flow To Googlers->

Submitted by chicksdaddy
chicksdaddy (814965) writes "Lucre from Microsoft's newly minted bug bounty program is lining the pockets of Google researchers. The Security Ledger reports that two Google employees earned the distinction of receiving some of the first (official) monetary rewards under the company’s bounty program.

Fermín Serna, a researcher in Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters, told The Security Ledger that he received a bounty issued by Microsoft this week for information on an Internet Explorer information leak that could allow a malicious hacker to bypass Microsoft’s Address Space Layout Randomization (or ASLR) technology.

His bounty followed the first ever (officially) paid to a researcher by Microsoft (https://securityledger.com/2013/07/microsoft-set-to-pay-first-bug-bounty-for-ie-hole/): a bounty that went to Serna’s colleague, Ivan Fratic, a Google engineer based in Zurich, Switzerland, for information about a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 11 Preview. Fratic (@ifsecure) acknowledged the honor in a July 11 post on his Twitter account.

In an e-mail exchange with The Security Ledger, Serna declined to discuss the details of his discovery until Microsoft had a patch ready to release. But he said that any weakness in ASLR warranted attention. “Mainly all security mitigations in place depend on ASLR. So bringing that one down, weakens the system a lot and makes it easy the exploitation of other vulnerabilities,” he said.

Microsoft announced its first bounty on July 10 and said it had many more submissions that were likely to earn pay-outs. Serna said that other bounties had been issued in addition to the one he received. Microsoft told The Security Ledger that it has, in accordance with the program, "notified some researchers that they will receive bounties."

As for his bounty, Serna (whose resume includes work for Microsoft on the MSRC Engineering team) said it was “way less” than the maximum $11,000 bounty for a full, working exploit that bypasses all the Windows 8 mitigations (which includes ASLR as well as the Data Execution Prevention or DEP technology). “But stillnice!” He plans to donate his windfall to a local animal shelter in Seattle. Awwww!!!!"

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+ - 185 ASUS PQ321Q Monitor Brings Multi-Stream Tiled Displays Forward->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "While 4K displays have been popping up all over the place recently with noticeably lower prices, one thing that kind of limits them all is a 30 Hz refresh rate panel. Sony is selling 4K consumer HDTVs for $5000 and new-comer SEIKI has a 50-in model going for under $1000 but they all share that trait — HDMI 1.4 supporting 3840x2160 at 30 Hz. The new ASUS PQ321Q monitor is a 31.5-in 4K display built on the same platform as the Sharp PN-K321 and utilizes a DisplayPort 1.2 connection capable of MST (multi-stream transport). This allows the screen to include two display heads internally, showing up as two independent monitors to some PCs that can then be merged into a single panel via AMD Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround. Thus, with dual 1920x2160 60 Hz signals, the PQ321Q can offer 3840x2160 at 60 Hz for a much better viewing experience. PC Perspective got one of the monitors in for testing and review and found that the while there were some hurdles during initial setup (especially with NVIDIA hardware), the advantage of a higher refresh rate made the 4K resolution that much better."
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+ - 204 Disney Creates New Free Air Haptic Technology->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hi,

Disney will release a press release shortly of a new technology called AIREAL, featured at this year's SIGGRAPH 2013 conference in Anaheim, CA. Here is a link:

The project page is located here:

http://www.disneyresearch.com/project/aireal/

Paper and Demo:
http://s2013.siggraph.org/attendees/technical-papers/events/aireal-interactive-tactile-experiences-free-air

and demo:

http://s2013.siggraph.org/attendees/emerging-technologies/events/aireal-tactile-gaming-experiences-free-air

Thanks,
Raj"

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+ - 189 Google Is Building A Chrome Remote Desktop App For Android

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google is building a Chrome remote desktop app, which lets you access other computers or another user access your computer over the Internet, for Android. The new addition, called Chromoting, will likely be pushed as a mobile version of the existing Chrome Remote Desktop offering. For those who don’t know, the original Chrome Remote Desktop is an extension for Google’s browser. It was first released as a beta in October 2011 and could be used to control another one of your own computers as well as a friend’s or family member’s (usually to help with IT issues)."

+ - 168 Former Cal State Student Gets Year in Prison for Rigging Campus Election->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A former student was sentenced to a year in prison for rigging his school elections at California State University-San Marcos so he could become student president, court documents show. Matthew Weaver, 22, was charged in January with wire fraud, access device fraud and unauthorized access to a computer. He pleaded guilty in March, admitting that he had stolen the email passwords of more than 740 students and used them to vote for himself 630 times during the student elections in March 2012... Right before the voting ended, on March 15, 2012, officials noticed 259 votes coming from another IP address. Officials tracked the IP address to a classroom, and found Weaver sitting there. There was only one other student in the lab, according to court documents. A university police officer arrested Weaver and seized his bag, subsequently discovering that he had stashed the keyloggers there."
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+ - 100 Home Automation Kit Includes Arduino, RasPi Dev Boards->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "WigWag has developed a home automation kit that combines a Linux-based 6LoWPAN router with sensor units running the open-source Contiki IoT (Internet of Things) OS. Users can add ZigBee, Bluetooth, and other modules to expand the home network, and the WigWam development kit provides shield develpoment boards for use with Arduino and Raspberry Pi SBCs. Users control the devices with a smartphone app (initially Android-based) and associated WigWag cloud service, which lets the devices remotely respond to sensor-based events such as motion detection, rain, noise, etc. Developers can create rules-based scripts for controlling devices using WigWag's open-source Javascript-based DeviceJS development environment. WigWag used a Kickstarter page to fund production and has already tripled its goal."
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+ - 264 Study finds fracking chemicals didn't pollute water

Submitted by RoccamOccam
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.

After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water."

+ - 204 Collision Between Water and Energy Is Underway, and Worsening->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This is an eye opening perspective on another side effect of power generation — water usage:

"More than 40 percent of fresh water used in the United States is withdrawn to cool power plants. Renewable energy generally uses far less water, but there are glaring exceptions, such as geothermal and concentrating solar."

The article also mentions that power plants have to shut down if the incoming water is too warm to cool the plant."

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+ - 245 UK Regulator Did Not Check Google Privacy Claims ->

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "When Google gathered personal Wi-Fi data through its Street View cars, the UK privacy watchdog, the ICO did not press charges, saying that Google had "contained" the data in "quarantined cages". It has now been revealed that the ICO never checked this assertion. It just took Google's word for it, and never visited Google to try and check on whether the data actually was contained. From TechWeekEurope's correspondence with the ICO it seems that the regulator had a team of three looking into the Google Wi-Fi data scandal. Seeing that it was impossible to check Google's claims in depth, the ICO decided to just take Google's word it had done what it claimed."
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+ - 175 Small town builds its own gigabyte network; cost to citizens $57/month->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On Thursday, the board of O-Net gave approval for residents to get access to a full gigabit (or 1,000 megabits) per second of bandwidth for the same price that they currently pay for a guaranteed download speed of 100 megabits per second — $57 to $90 a month, depending on whether they have bundled their internet with TV and phone service. ...

At that time, the town realized that it couldn't attract technology-based businesses and that bandwidth was a challenge even to ordinary businesses. It came up with a plan — it would install a fibre network throughout the town that would connect to the larger inter-community network being built by the government at that time — the Alberta Supernet."

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+ - 108 Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn->

Submitted by coolnumbr12
coolnumbr12 (2889243) writes "When Yahoo purchased Tumblr in May, Tumblr founder David Karp said Tumblr wouldn’t be changing, and Yahoo CEOMarissa Mayer said, “Part of our strategy here is to let Tumblr be Tumblr.” But a new search policy went into effect Thursday that excludes all adult blogs from Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines by disabling indexing of anything it tags as “adult.” The policy effectively makes the content and 10 percent of Tumblr users completely invisible."
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+ - 218 Evolution of interplanetary trajectories reaches human-competitive levels->

Submitted by LFSim
LFSim (2989743) writes "It's not the Turing test just yet, but in one more domain, AI is becoming increasingly competitive with humans. This time around, it's in interplanetary trajectory optimization.

From the European Space Agency comes the news that researchers from its Advanced Concepts Team have recently won the Gold "Humies" award for their use of Evolutionary Algorithms to design a spacecraft’s trajectory for exploring the Galilean moons of Jupiter (Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto).

The problem addressed in the awarded article was put forward by NASA/JPL in the latest edition of the Global Trajectory Optimization Competition. The team from ESA was able to automatically evolve a solution that outperforms all the entries submitted to the competition by human experts from across the world.

Interestingly, as noted in the presentation to the award's jury, the team conducted their work on top of open-source tools (PaGMO / PyGMO and PyKEP)."

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+ - 125 Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Last fall, Microsoft launched its Surface RT tablet with high hopes. The sleek touch-screen ran Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 designed for hardware powered by the ARM architecture, which dominates the mobile-device market; it also included a flexible keyboard that doubled as a screen cover. Microsoft executives told any journalist who would listen that Surface RT would position their company as a major player in the tablet arena, ready to battle toe-to-toe with Apple and various Android device manufacturers. Fast-forward to this week, and Microsoft announcing its financial results for the quarter ended June 30. Amidst metrics such as operating income and diluted earnings per share, one number stood out: a $900 million charge (the equivalent of $0.07 per share) related to what Microsoft called “Surface RT inventory adjustments.” Microsoft had already slashed Surface RT prices by $150, so that nearly-billion-dollar charge wasn't a total surprise — but it did underscore that Surface RT is a bomb. From the outset, Surface RT had an issue with the potential to mightily trip up Microsoft: While Windows RT looks exactly like Windows 8, it can’t run legacy Windows programs built for x86 processors, limiting users to what they can download from the built-in Windows Store app hub. While the Windows Store launched with 10,000 apps, that seemed paltry in comparison to the well-developed Android and iOS ecosystems. There’s likely nothing that Microsoft could have done about this—every platform has to start somewhere, after all—but the relative lack of apps put Surface RT between the proverbial rock and the hard place: it couldn’t rely on Windows’ extensive legacy, and it didn’t have enough content to make it a true contender from the outset against the iPad and Android tablets. Then there was the matter of price. Microsoft could have taken the Amazon route and sold Surface RT at a relative pittance in order to drive adoption—something that made the Kindle Fire a sizable hit. However, that sort of pricing scheme isn’t in Microsoft’s corporate DNA: it only cut Surface RT’s price several months after release, as a defensive maneuver, when it’s likely to do much less good."
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+ - 114 Tar Pitch Drop Captured on Camera->

Submitted by Ron024
Ron024 (1477663) writes "How long would you be willing to wait for a drop of the black stuff in Dublin? After 69 years, one of the longest-running laboratory investigations in the world has finally captured the fall of a drop of tar pitch on camera for the first time. A similar, better-known and older experiment in Australia missed filming its latest drop in 2000 because the camera was offline at the time."
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+ - 154 Google starts sending adverts as emails to Gmail users-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Back in May, Google rolled out an update to Gmail that it marketed as “a new inbox.” What it did was to split the email you receive into categories and then display them in different tabs. The Gmail redesign wasn’t just to help users, though. It turns out Google has decided to introduce a new form of advertising because of it, one that you could view as being much more intrusive than before.

Some users have started noticing that in the Promotions tab new emails are appearing that they haven’t singed up to receive. These emails as marked as “Ad” under the sender name. A little further investigation reveals they are actually Google adverts packaged as emails."

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+ - 195 Ask Slashdot: What Is The Most Painless Intro To GPU Programming? 3

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "Dear Slashdotters. I am an intermediate level programmer who works mostly in C# NET. I have a couple of image/video processing algorithms that are highly parallelizable — running them on a GPU instead of a CPU should result in a considerable speedup (anywhere from 10x times to perhaps 30x or 40x times speedup, depending on the quality of the implementation). Now here is my question: What, currently, is the most painless way to start playing with GPU programming? Do I have to learn CUDA/OpenCL — which seems a daunting task to me — or is there a simpler way? Perhaps a Visual Programming Language or "VPL" that lets you connect boxes/nodes and access the GPU very simply? I should mention that I am on Windows, and that the GPU computing prototypes I want to build should be able to run on Windows. Surely there must a be a "relatively painless" way out there, with which one can begin to learn how to harness the GPU?"

+ - 95 Tears of Steel - Sci Fi Short Film->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Blender Foundation has finished re-rendering Tears of Steel with sponsoring from the Amsterdam Cinegrid Consortium. They’re in the process of uploading a new files, but as a spin-off, a higher quality HD version of the movie is now available."
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+ - 169 Dutch Government: Number of Internet Taps has quintupled in one year->

Submitted by vikingpower
vikingpower (768921) writes "A Dutch newspaper has a ( Dutch-only, alas ) digital version of the letter Mr. Opstelten, Secretary of Justice and Security, sent to Dutch Parliament, in which he quietly admits to 56825 phone taps ( a 3% rise in one year ) and to 16676 internet taps in 2012, a 400% rise, or a fivefold increase, in one year. An older report alreay designed the Netherlands as one of the biggest wiretappers in the western world. Slate also knew, back in 2006, that Europeans actually love wiretapping and internet tapping. In the Netherlands, a country with a population of only 16 million, the practice has risen to the level of a staggering 1 in 1000 phones being tapped."
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+ - 132 After pledging 'spirit of openness,' MIT blocks release of Swartz's Files

Submitted by v3rgEz
v3rgEz (125380) writes "MIT, which once pledged “a spirit of openness” when it came to an investigation of the charges against and suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, has now reportedly moved to delay the release of his Secret Service files pending university review.

Courts had just ruled that the files must be processed and released as a result of successful litigation by Wired editor Kevin Poulson. MIT released a statement saying the delays were necessary to protect its employee and its network security."

+ - 115 How Microsoft's Lack of Innovation is Killing Nokia-> 1

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Nokia is struggling, and not because it is making bad smartphones, but because it made a bad choice two-and-a-half years ago. It is stuck with Windows Phone and according to Ian Fogg from IHS Screen Digest Microsoft is to blame for the failure of the platform: "[Windows Phone] has changed fairly little since Windows Phone 7 launched back in August 2010, and the difference between Windows Phone and Android, or Windows Phone and the iPhone in [terms of] software has widened in that period, not narrowed. One of Nokia's biggest challenges is that Microsoft is not innovating quickly enough." Worrying times for the Finnish company..."
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+ - 297 MI5 hiring industrial espionage IT support staff 2

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "A recent job posting by MI5 seeks to recruit "Data Exploitation Specialists". The core of the role is described as "provid[ing] tactical solutions and operational support to business users of information exploitation systems." In other words, industrial espionage. This open admission comes at a time when the UK and its partners are accusing China of the same thing. Pot, kettle, black?"

+ - 282 MIT computer program makes TCP twice as fast->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "MIT is claiming they can make the Internet faster if we let computers redesign TCP/IP instead of coding it by hand. They used machine learning to design a version of TCP that's twice the speed and causes half the delay, even with modern bufferbloated networks. They also claim it's more "fair." The researchers have put up a lengthy FAQ and source code where they admit they don't know why the system works, only that it goes faster than normal TCP. On the same day that MIT went to court to stop Aaron Swartz's documents from being published, the school is devoting its main website to an animated GIF about faster TCP."
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+ - 114 Ask Slashdot: what do you ACTUALLY do to protect your online privacy? 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After all the media coverage about snooping in the last weeks and after i found out, that employees at my local isp are actually selling the surfing habits of customers, it is time for me to think about changing my setup.

What is the best way to protect your privacy for a pc and a smartphone from google, ad-networks and the isp. What tools are you using? What is the "best"? Is someone here actually running such a setup? What would the costs amount to? What would be involved?

Please be specific. I could not really find anything like "the n00b guide to online privacy"..."

+ - 132 Anonymous claim to have hacked Fema's servers after posting staff details online-> 1

Submitted by willbos27
willbos27 (2989143) writes "hass and associates HA code34912726002, Anonymous claim to have hacked Fema's servers after posting staff details online in retaliation against 'threats' from the agency

The Anonymous hacking group is claiming to have hacked the US Federal Emergency Management Agency servers after posting staff details online.

The group said it posted the details online because 'oblique and cowardly implied threats against Anonymous very much back into the forefront of the hive's consciousness'.

In a document published online Wednesday, the hacker collective revealed data that includes information on user accounts and passwords of what appear to be government employees.

According to motherboard.com, the document contains email addresses and contact details for hundreds of contacts including police and fire departments, FBI special agents and a 'Bioterrorism Coordinator Chair.'

Anonymous said it redacted social security numbers and login information because its 'intent is not to harm, merely to issue a firm warning,' reported the Guardian.

'Anonymous does not wave the white flag. Not while we are faced with a daily stream of abominable revelations from Edward Snowden and others, not while the battle for the very soul, the very original purpose, of the internet escalates in severity daily,' read a statement by a representative of Anonymous and obtained by GlobalPost.

Read More:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1294441-shadowness---internet-security-hass-associates-tips-and-review---cyber
http://www.slideshare.net/kristia23/hass-associates-technology-madrid"

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+ - 162 Pitch Drop caught on camera.->

Submitted by Bitsy Boffin
Bitsy Boffin (110334) writes "As reported by the Huffington Post, a Pitch Drop has finally been caught on Camera...

How long would you be willing to wait for a drop of the black stuff in Dublin? After 69 years, one of the longest-running laboratory investigations in the world has finally captured the fall of a drop of tar pitch on camera for the first time. A similar, better-known and older experiment in Australia missed filming its latest drop in 2000 because the camera was offline at the time.

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+ - 263 MIT Attempts to Block Release of Documents in Aaron Swartz case-> 1

Submitted by Dputiger
Dputiger (561114) writes "In the wake of activist Aaron Swartz's suicide, MIT launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to his initial arrest and felony charges. It's now clear that the move was nothing but a face-saving gesture. Moments before the court-ordered release of Swartz's Secret Service file under the Freedom of Information Act, MIT intervened asking the judge to block the release. Supposedly this is to protect the identities of MIT staff who might be harassed — but government policy is to redact such information already."
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+ - 137 Noted Sci Fi Author banned from Facebook for joke about chiggers-> 2

Submitted by sv_libertarian
sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "Military science fiction author, Michael Z Williamson, has become a victim of Facebook's incomprehensible censorship tools. While pages calling for the death of various people, and openly espousing racism remain up, MZW has twice now been handed 12 hour posting bans over judicious use of the word "chigger", which refers to a blood sucking creature much akin to a Congressman, but much more irritating. Apparently this has set off all sorts of alarms in their censorship software. I wonder how many people who aren't well published authors with a large fan base get sucked up in this crap? Linked images are of course screenshots describing the offending posts and bans."
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