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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."

Submission + - Oldest rock crystals point to ancient magnetic shield for Earth (

sciencehabit writes: Faint remnants of ancient Earth’s magnetic field have been found imprinted on the oldest rock crystals in the world—evidence that the magnetic dynamo in our planet’s core was alive and kicking more than 4 billion years ago, more than half a billion years earlier than scientists had thought. An early dynamo would have helped life gain a fingerhold: Earth’s magnetic field shields it from the solar wind, a stream of energetic particles from the sun that could strip the planet’s atmosphere of water vapor and other gases necessary for life. “If we know when the magnetic field starts, we have a good sense of how long the Earth has been habitable,” says Rory Cottrell, a paleomagnetist at the University of Rochester (U of R) in New York.

Submission + - Slashdot Poll: I pronounce "GIF" (Graphics Interchange Format) as...

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot Poll: I pronounce "GIF" (Graphics Interchange Format) as...

Giff, like gift
Jiff, like the peanut butter
Either of the two above choices
Never had to say it out loud

Submission + - Apple Yanks Nest From Stores in Favor of Fussy HomeKit (

linkchaos writes: Late Thursday, news broke that Apple had fully removed Nest products from its retail stores and website. Nest, now owned by Google, includes the Nest camera, thermostat and smoke detector. All three are connected devices for the home that can be controlled via smartphone apps. We're talking about the Internet of Things here, folks, and Nest's products have been popular as long as they've been in the market.

Submission + - Augmented Reality: Hard Problems of Law and Policy (

UWLawWeb writes: An interdisciplinary team of technologists and legal experts examined Augmented Reality (AR) to understand the unique problems presented by AR. In particular they looked at AR’s ability to sense information (input) as well as overlay (output) and how it relates to legal issues surrounding First Amendment issues and the rights to privacy and public information.

“Particular implementations of AR strain prevailing conceptions of privacy and free speech, and
have the potential to compromise the user by overlaying information on the world that is erroneous,
dangerous, or legally problematic.”

Submission + - Eye drops could dissolve cataracts

An anonymous reader writes: As Slashdot readers age, more and more will be facing surgery for cataracts. The lack of cataract surgery in much of the world, is a major cause of blindness. Researchers at University of California San Diego have identified lanosterol as a key molecule in the prevention of cataract formation that points to a novel strategy for cataract prevention and non-surgical treatment.
The abstract is freely available from Nature. If you have cataracts, you might want to purchase a full reprint while you can still read it.

Submission + - Cool new material could make fuel cells cheaper (

sciencehabit writes: It’s not enough for a new alternative energy technology to work. It also has to be cheap enough to compete with traditional fossil fuels. That’s been a high hurdle for devices called solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that convert fuels—such as methane and hydrogen—directly to electricity without burning them. But now researchers report that they’ve come up with a new recipe for making key components in one type of SOFC more cheaply, which could sharply lower its overall cost.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus