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Submission + - Two Years Later, White House Responds To 'Pardon Edward Snowden' Petition (

An anonymous reader writes: In June of 2013, a petition was posted to demanding that Edward Snowden receive a full pardon for his leaks about the NSA and U.S. surveillance practices. The petition swiftly passed 100,000 signatures — the point at which the White House said it would respond to such petitions. For two years, the administration was silent, but now they've finally responded. In short: No, Edward Snowden won't be receiving a pardon. Lisa Monaco, the President's Advisor on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said, "Mr. Snowden's dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it. If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and — importantly — accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions."

Submission + - US Justice Department Urges Supreme Court Not To Take Up Google vs. Oracle

Areyoukiddingme writes: The Solicitor General of the Justice Department has filed a response to the US Supreme Court's solicitation of advice regarding the Google vs. Oracle ruling and subsequent overturning by the Federal Circuit. The response recommends that the Federal Circuit ruling stand, allowing Oracle to retain copyright to the Java API.

Submission + - Google Boosts Water Recycling at its Data Centers (

1sockchuck writes: In the latest customization of its infrastructure, Google is building water treatment plants at multiple data centers, allowing them to operate their cooling systems without taxing the potable water supply from local municipalities. The company's water recycling effort is tapping collected rainwater, nearby canals, and even a local county wastewater plant. The effort reflects Google's focus on sustainability, but is also an investment in reliability. When a data center depends on water to operate, Google says, reducing water disruption scenarios in areas where the local system has capacity challenges is part of risk mitigation.

Submission + - Amazon Kindle proprietary format broken ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Register reports that the proprietary document format used by Amazon's Kindle and the Amazon online store have been successfully reverse engineered, allowing these DRM protected documents to be converted into the open MOBI format.

Users of alternative E-book readers rejoice.

Submission + - SPAM: The problem of shareholder value and agency theory 1

yuhong writes: Ghoshal wrote this paper about the fundamental flaws of shareholder value and agency theory just before he died. One of the fundemental flaws is that it assumes that managers are self-interested economic actors ("Economic Man") and the market is perfectly efficient (the "Efficient-Market Hypothesis"). The first one is particularly harmful, because through the process of double hermeneutic, it can lead people to behave more like that way. No wonder that "corporate CEOs — and sundry other people at the top of various food chains — are likely to be the least ethical people you're going to meet." (now of course the better big corporations like Google and Costco have more ethical CEOs, many of which do not believe in shareholder value or agency theory). Slashdot's own comments itself has many real-world examples of the harms of shareholder value, agency theory, and the quarterly earnings game. Other sources has been critical of it too.

Submission + - Canadian blogs get same protection as newspapers (

roju writes: The Globe and Mail reports that the Canadian Supreme Court created a new defence against claims of defamation allowing for reporting in the public interest. They specifically included bloggers as eligible, writing:

the traditional media are rapidly being complemented by new ways of communicating on matters of public interest, many of them online, which do not involve journalists. These new disseminators of news and information should, absent good reasons for exclusion, be subject to the same laws as established media outlets.


A review of recent defamation case law suggests that many actions now concern blog postings and other online media which are potentially both more ephemeral and more ubiquitous than traditional print media. While established journalistic standards provide a useful guide by which to evaluate the conduct of journalists and non-journalists alike, the applicable standards will necessarily evolve to keep pace with the norms of new communications media. For this reason, it is more accurate to refer to the new defence as responsible communication on matters of public interest.


Submission + - Debian to Replace GLIBC with EGLIBC (

mallumax writes: "Debian has decided to replace GLIBC with EGLIBC primarily due to hostile maintainers of GLIBC (mainly Ulrich Drepper). The EGLIBC is a variant of the GLIBC which stays source and binary compatible with the original GLIBC. It has better support for embedded architectures, Support for building with -Os, Configurable component, Better testsuite for optimized or biarch packages and a stable branch with fixes for important bugs.This might be the start of an exodus from GLIBC and its fate is atrting to resemble that of Xfree86. The abrasive attitude of GLIBC maintainers has been source of much criticism but this is the first time that a mainstream distribution is willing to abandon GLIBC, which is one of the most vital components of any distribution."

Submission + - Aussie ISP begins surprise censorship trial (

novakreo writes: "An Australian ISP Exetel has announced that it will immediately begin internet censorship trials independently of the federal government, using technology by Watchdog International. Users will be notified if they attempt to access a blocked page, but will not be able to opt-out. Further coverage is available on the Australian broadband forum Whirlpool and in the Exetel forum."

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