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+ - Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A grand jury in Missouri has decided there is no probable cause to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. "A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence. At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson. The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges." Government officials and Brown's family are urging calm in Ferguson after the contentious protests that followed Brown's death."
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+ - Thrust: Chromium-based cross-platform / cross-language application framework->

Submitted by Captain Arr Morgan
Captain Arr Morgan (958312) writes ""Thrust is require/import-able, it lets you distribute NodeJS, Go or Python GUI apps directly through their native package managers.

Thrust is based on Chromium's Content Module and is supported on Linux, MacOSX and Windows"

And being based on Chromium (libchromiumcontent to be specific) it provides backing for building a browser but is not limited to. Unlike other application frameworks like atom-shell or node-webkit, Thrust does not embed any specific language runtime (like NodeJS in both their cases) but uses a local RPC so any language can provide a binding. As an example, I've create a (janky) browser in about 6KB of Javascript. JankyBrowser"

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+ - Was jQuery.com really compromised?->

Submitted by Captain Arr Morgan
Captain Arr Morgan (958312) writes "Just yesterday Slashdot reported jQuery.com had been compromised ( http://developers.slashdot.org... ) to serve malware.

But on the same day the jQuery blog reported they (along with RiskIQ) were unable to actually find evidence that the compromise took place. Is this sensationalism? Why did both groups report different findings on the same day? More importantly, did the compromise actually happen?"

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Comment: Not to out myself as a fanboy.... (Score 1) 536

but NodeJS is making strides these days. And despite a lot of talk otherwise, JS isn't going anywhere. The code reusability factor is really nice, the module ecosystem is growing by leaps and bounds. The framework side of things is where I think Node is currently still lacking. There are some options available, but in my experience so far the 'complete package' (RoR, Django) isn't arrived yet.
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+ - Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network 4

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Suzanne Goldenberg reports that conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120 million to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, helping build a vast network of think tanks and activist groups working to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarizing "wedge issue" for hardcore conservatives. "We exist to help donors promote liberty which we understand to be limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise," says Whitney Ball, chief executive of the Donors Trust. Ball's organization assured wealthy donors that their funds would never by diverted to liberal causes with a guarantee of complete anonymity for donors who wished to remain hidden. The money flowed to Washington think tanks embedded in Republican party politics, obscure policy forums in Alaska and Tennessee, contrarian scientists at Harvard and lesser institutions, even to buy up DVDs of a film attacking Al Gore. "The funding of the denial machine is becoming increasingly invisible to public scrutiny. It's also growing. Budgets for all these different groups are growing," says Kert Davies, research director of Greenpeace, which compiled the data on funding of the anti-climate groups using tax records. "These groups are increasingly getting money from sources that are anonymous or untraceable.""

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