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Submission + - SPAM: What's cooking for Halon 3.4-r4

An anonymous reader writes: This release will include a lot of new features and improvements, but one specifically caught my attention; cache [spam URL stripped]... insights in the user interface via the new hslCache() SOAP [spam URL stripped] function. The new HSL (Halon Scripting Language) cache UI reporting. It’s a great way to explore user-defined functions, cache and reset them as well, all done in a sweet UI. Our unique caching mechanism enables our customers to cache any type of function to improve performance, reduce latency and requests. Just imagine what you can do, the sky is the limit, and it’s one of those features that is highly appreciated by our customers. Usually external lists, calls and large data are best to be cached and avoids hammering external systems and servers.

3.4-R4 is planned to be released early February 2016.

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Submission + - Space X Successfully Launches Jason-3 Satellite and Lands Rocket (

An anonymous reader writes: Space X successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket today carrying the Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite. "Jason-3 data will be used for monitoring global sea level rise, researching human impacts on oceans, aiding prediction of hurricane intensity, and operational marine navigation," NASA said. Unfortunately Space X reports that the attempt to land the Falcon 9 on a drone platform was less successful. According to the company twitter page: "First stage on target at droneship but looks like hard landing; broke landing leg."

Submission + - Reusable SpaceX rocket has implications for a return to the moon (

MarkWhittington writes: While it is unclear what if any implications the recent successful landing of the first stage of the Falcon 9 first stage means for the future of space travel, planetary scientist and space commentator Paul Spudis suggested that the feat and the similar one performed earlier by Blue Origin could have some benefit for a return to the moon. In the meantime, a test of the engines in the recovered first stage had mixed results. The engines fired alright, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reported, “thrust fluctuations” that might have been caused by “debris ingestion.” Does that mean the rocket could or could not have been reused? The answer is not yet forthcoming.

Submission + - 20 Hollow Copyright Claims

tiltowait writes: Slashdot readers should be familiar with most if not all of these, but the list of 20 Hollow Copyright Claims is a somber reminder of the current sorry state of intellectual property laws in the United States--as anyone who’s encountered a paywall or a takedown notice (or remembers Slashdot's run-in with Scientology) can attest. It serves as a call to arms that we not lose sight of the benefits to sharing knowledge.

Submission + - Microsoft Announces R Tools for Visual Studio

theodp writes: A year after its acquisition of Revolution Analytics, Microsoft announced a slew of R-related product offerings, and noted that Revolution R Open is giving up her maiden name and will henceforth be known as Microsoft R Open. Tucked away in the announcement was the news that R is coming to Visual Studio. Microsoft has released a teaser video for R Tools for Visual Studio (RTVS) and is taking sign-ups for early access.

Submission + - Eric S Raymond: Feminists trying to frame developers for sexual assault

Crashmarik writes: From his blog Feminists in tech have been staging attempted “honey traps” to frame prominent male software developers for sexual assault, according to explosive claims on his blog. He quotes a trusted source relaying information of the ADA initiative's attempts to frame male developers.

I'm super careful about honey traps. For a while, that's how the Ada Initiative was trying to pre-generate outrage and collect scalps

Submission + - Amazon's "obsession with dinosaur sex" shaped CloudFlare's censorship stance (

An anonymous reader writes: CloudFlare's CEO was referring to how the bookseller and online retail giant banned so-called "monster erotica," a genre of fan-fiction revolving around fantasy-based fictional encounters with mythical or extinct creatures (including dinosaurs), which was for a time sold on its online bookstore.

His somewhat grandiose point was simple enough. Should a company decide who its customers should be, or determine who is a good guy and who is a bad guy?

Submission + - Is there a site where one can plonk patentable ideas?

An anonymous reader writes: Let's pretend that I've invented "The next great thing". I'm the 1% (or is it 5%) inspiration and the idea is good but I'll never get around to chasing it. Is there a site where one can submit their brilliant idea and get them "published", for nothing else but bragging rights? It would be even better if the idea could go into some sort of FSF or humanities ownership; possibly with a tiny fractional cut to the "inventor" if it flies? We all dream up all sorts of things, it would be nice to have a place to plonk them as some may be truly useful. If there is no such place, do you think it is a good idea?

Submission + - Judge Opines Inglewood City Council Filed Copyright Suit to Suppress Free Speech

An anonymous reader writes: As you have previously published information about this case, I thought I'd update you on Judge Michael Fitzgerald's 10-8-15 opinion/ruling on two of the most significant aspects of the case. One, that the City's copyright case was "objectively unreasonable" and two, that the City's attempt to remove a number of political documentaries from the internet was probably motivated by an attempt to stifle Free/Political Speech.

          The Judge awarded attorney fees to my legal team in the amount of over $117,000.00 and most damning to Mayor James Butts and his Council of Yes-men is Judge Fitzgerald's opinion that the Council's complaints were "objectively unreasonable" and that the City's case "posed a serious threat to critical political expression,..." The Judge opined that he was "not persuaded" by the Council's claim that they brought suit only to protect their financial interests, and that "...the City's most plausible purpose was to stifle Defendant's political speech after he harshly criticized the City's elected officials."

          In closing, the Judge stated that awarding attorney fees to my legal team, "...will serve to deter other entities, whether public or private, that contemplate bringing unreasonable suits to pressure an individual into abandoning a protected activity."

          The order is linked below:


Submission + - Cloud DDoS Mitigation Services Can Be Bypassed by Aiming Attacks at Website's IP ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A recent research paper shows that most Cloud-Based Security Providers (CBSP) are ineffective in protecting websites from DDoS attacks, mainly because they cannot entirely hide the origin website's IP address from attackers. As five security researchers from Belgium and the US are claiming, there are eight methods through which these mitigations services can be bypassed. The 8 techniques of obtaining a website's origin IP address rely on hackers searching through historical Web traffic databases, in DNS records, subdomains that resolve to the main domain directly, the site's own source code, when the main website triggers outbound connections, via SSL certificates, via sensitive files hosted on the website's server, and during migration or maintenance operations on the mitigation service itself, which leaves the target website temporarily exposed.

Submission + - Commercial crew supporters posit a conspiracy theory involving funding shortages (

MarkWhittington writes: The Space Access Society, a group that advocates for government funded, commercially operated spacecraft, examined the annual fight between supporters of the heavy lift Space Launch System and supporters of the commercial crew program in a recent communique. In the view of the SAS and other commercial crew supporters, Congress, on the behalf of the big rocket supporters, has been shorting funding for the commercial crew spacecraft in favor of the SLS. On the surface there seems to be no reason for this, as the two undertake different missions. The Space Access Society posits a conspiracy theory so immense that at first glance would seem to be in the same class as the Apollo moonlanding hoax, The SAS accuses Space Launch System supporters of trying to arrange the premature end of the International Space Station to free up funding for the big rocket and related projects.

Submission + - Edward Snowden: Clinton private email server jeopardized national security ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Huffington Post reports, "Edward Snowden argues ... that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state jeopardized national security secrets, and calls Clinton’s claims to the contrary “completely ridiculous.” ... “When the unclassified systems of the United States government, which has a full-time information security staff, regularly gets hacked, the idea that someone keeping a private server in the renovated bathroom of a server farm in Colorado is more secure is completely ridiculous,” the National Security Agency whistleblower told Mehdi Hasan ..." The Free Beacon adds, "“If an ordinary worker at the State Department or the Central Intelligence Agency [] were sending details about the security of embassies, which is alleged to be in her email, meetings with private government officials, foreign government officials and the statements that were made to them in confidence over unclassified email systems, they would not only lose their jobs and lose their clearance, they would very likely face prosecution for it,” Snowden asserted. The FBI is investigating the security of Clinton’s private server, which she was forced to hand over to the Justice Department amid the probe."

Submission + - The first "C/C++ Coding Best Practices Repository" launched (

An anonymous reader writes: There are many style guides around the web talking about the coding best practices. Some guidelines are very interesting, some others are not suitable even they are recommended by known organisations.

CoderGears just launched the C/C++ Coding Best Practices Repository to centralize the most known best practices.

The goal of the repository is to vote and comment the C/C++ coding best practices rules to have the most interesting ones and every C/C++ developer will focus more on the most voted rules.

Submission + - How the Media and You Are Misled by False Data (

An anonymous reader writes: Edward Morrissey writes at the Fiscal Times, "The most obfuscating and misleading arguments made in debate of any kind usually begin with the words, “Studies say .” People passionately arguing for a favored position will resort to these citations of assumed authority, and will often fail to comprehend the scope or underlying data ... Even on line, where writers usually link to the source data, the studies either prove to be limited in application, poorly researched, or entirely wrong. Sometimes that has serious consequences. A study published in the British medical journal Lancet more than a decade ago started a panic about a supposed causal connection between vaccinations and autism. It fueled an anti-vaccination movement that has resulted in the return of diseases once thought stamped out in the West ... The study was later exposed as a fraud, based on only twelve subjects handpicked by its author ... with the data even further manipulated. The Lancet later withdrew the study and admitted it was “an elaborate fraud.” By then, it was far too late to undo the damage done to uncounted children over several years. Most questionable studies, and questionable claims made from them involve less malice and intent to defraud but matter nonetheless for public policy. ... Claims of support from “studies” for extraordinary and yet oh-so-convenient claims need much more careful scrutiny – and perhaps much more pointed skepticism."

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