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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret 240

Posted by samzenpus
from the for-our-eyes-only dept.
hazeii (5702) writes in with news about a secret trial set to take place in England. 'A major terrorism trial is set to be held entirely in secret for the first time in British legal history in an unprecedented departure from the principles of open justice, the court of appeal has heard. The identities of the two defendants charged with serious terror offences are being withheld from the public, and the media are banned from being present in court to report the forthcoming trial against the two men, known only as AB and CD.'

Comment: Re:Episode V! (Score 1) 457

by Mateorabi (#46956671) Attached to: Favorite Star Wars Movie?
There's a great short story about an AT-AT test pilot doing war-games for the brass and the weapon's designers. In one test engagement against A-wings he has the new AT-AT kneel down before shooting back. When they ask him why afterwards, he explains that he thought the A-wings might try to trip him up. After horrid stares amongst the designers and their bosses, they decide the best "fix" is to ship his smart ass to Tatooine so they can sweep it under the rug and stay on schedule.

Comment: Re:Can I vote for.. (Score 1) 512

by Mateorabi (#46615177) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode
"Inner Light", a favorite. It still gets a little dusty in the room when it's on. The flute went for mondo-bucks at auction, and is one of the rare examples of actual continuity in the show. (Beverly remembering they had a freaking Sun Shield a few episodes later. And using it once! Being another rare example) I will say that the Wesley episode with Ashley Judd had....redeeming qualities. And disqualifies Wil Wheaton from complaining, ever, about being Wesley.

Comment: Invisible Hand (Score 5, Interesting) 230

by Mateorabi (#46068441) Attached to: New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On
So this wasn't an equipment failure requiring a backup, but just market price fluctuation: The cost of natural gas per Watt generated went above the cost per Watt of the fuel for the backup generators, due to the high demand for natural gas as demand rose as temperatures fell. Sounds like Econ 101.

1. Why didn't the wholesale electric prices rise in tandem with the gas price to keep generation economical? Capped by fixed residential rates?

2. Why didn't the generators use the derivatives market to hedge against spikes in gas prices so they'd be able to keep buying as demand/price rose?
Businesses

How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages 462

Posted by Soulskill
from the ungentlemen's-agreement dept.
Oneflower writes "As we discussed last week, a lawsuit is moving forward that alleges widespread conspiracy among the CEOs of Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar to suppress the wages of their tech staff. Mark Ames at Pando explains how it happened, and showcases some of the emails involving Steve Jobs and other CEOs. Quoting: 'Shortly after sealing the pact with Google, Jobs strong-armed Adobe into joining after he complained to CEO Bruce Chizen that Adobe was recruiting Apple’s employees. Chizen sheepishly responded that he thought only a small class of employees were off-limits: "I thought we agreed not to recruit any senior level employees. I would propose we keep it that way. Open to discuss. It would be good to agree." Jobs responded by threatening war: "OK, I’ll tell our recruiters they are free to approach any Adobe employee who is not a Sr. Director or VP. Am I understanding your position correctly?" Adobe’s Chizen immediately backed down.'"
Security

Yep, People Are Still Using '123456' and 'Password' As Passwords In 2014 276

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-a-password-manager-for-pete's-sake dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Earlier this week, SplashData released its annual list of the 25 most common passwords used on the Internet — and no surprise, most are so blindingly obvious it's a shock that people still rely on them to protect their data: '12345,' 'password,' 'qwerty' '11111,' and worse. There were some interesting quirks in the dataset, however. Following a massive security breach in late 2013, a large amount of Adobe users' passwords leaked onto the broader Web; many of those users based their password on either 'Adobe' or 'Photoshop,' which are terms (along with the ever-popular 'password') easily discoverable using today's hacker tools. 'Seeing passwords like "adobe123" and "photoshop" on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing,' Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, wrote in a statement. Slashdotters have known for years that while it's always tempting to create a password that's easy to remember — especially if you maintain profiles on multiple online services — the consequences of an attacker breaking into your accounts are potentially devastating."

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.

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