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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.
Earth

+ - 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.""
Crime

+ - Spy Drones Used to Hunt Down Christopher Dorner

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Express reports that as a task force of 125 officers continue their search for Christopher Dorner in the rugged terrain around Big Bear, it was revealed that Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil. “The thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him," says a senior police source. "On the ground, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.” The use of drones was confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed agents have been prepared for Dorner to make a dash for the Mexican border since his rampage began. “This agency has been at the forefront of domestic use of drones by law enforcement.” Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for lying about a fellow officer he accused of misconduct, has vowed to wreak revenge by “killing officers and their families”. According to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon: "To be honest, he could be anywhere right now. Torching his own vehicle could have been a diversion to throw us off track. Anything is possible with this man.”"

+ - Whitehouse Petition to Repeal DMCA->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Given the recent criminalization under the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) for unlocking your cell phone for use on another network, a petition has been created at whitehouse.gov to repeal the DMCA. If you're a United States citizen, and believe the DMCA is too broad and harsh (e.g. makes it illegal to circumvent protection for fair use, even if no copyright law is violated), then signing the petition is one way to make your voice heard.

I also encourage you to write to your Congressional representatives, or contact them through opencongress.org."

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