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Comment: Re:Authority (Score 1) 229

by EmagGeek (#49156741) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

The legal theory is the delegation of powers. Congress delegated the power to write legislation within a certain scope, breadth, and depth, to the executive branch of government, authorizing it to set up an agency to manage same.

Congress has the right to delegate its power to legislate to other branches of government. It is unfortunate, but we are learning now that it has delegated pretty much all of its power.

Comment: Love the weasely language (Score 0) 318

"Fully autonomous weapons are not unambiguously bad. They can reduce burdens on soldiers. Already, military robots are saving many service members' lives, for example by neutralizing improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq."

A robot that neutralizes an IED is not a "fully autonomous weapon."

+ - BBC drops WMA for Mpeg-dash->

Submitted by gbjbaanb
gbjbaanb (229885) writes "The BBC has converted its legacy WMA (Windows Media Audio) streams to the "industry-wide and open source" Mpeg Dash format. whilst this has left some users of old devices unable to receive the broadcasts, the BBC has claimed the use of WMA was 'prohibitively expensive to operate' when existing licence agreements ran out.

The BBC says that they are working with "radio industry and manufacturers towards using just one standard"."

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+ - What's a Good Modern Vision Security System for Linux?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There has been a rash of dog thefts in my area, with dogs being stolen out of back yards and even right out of homes. I love my rescue mutts, and would be devastated were they to suffer a similar fate. So, aside from refurbishing the antiquated alarm system in my older home (reusing the sensors with a more modern controller), I would like to install motion-sensing security cameras outside, and herein lies the rub. I live in the woods. Pretty deep in the woods. So, ideally I would like a motion-sensing vision system to be able to discern human forms from wildlife. If I'm going to be getting alerts on my phone for movement near the house, I would really like not to be desensitized by a high false alarm rate. So far my searching has proved fruitless, so here I am asking the Slashdot community: does anyone know of a vision recognition security system that can pick out human forms from a variety of wildlife? Thanks in advance."

Google News Sci Tech: Japan's old flip-phones rise while smartphones shrink - India Gazette->

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India Gazette

Japan's old flip-phones rise while smartphones shrink
India Gazette
TOKYO: Japanese shipments of traditional flip-phones rose in 2014 for the first time in seven years while smartphone shipments fell, highlighting Japanese consumers' tenacious attachment to the familiar and typically less expensive older models. Dubbed...

and more

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+ - GCC 5 heads toward release and Fedora 22, with F23 introducing new C++11 ABI->

Submitted by rhmattn
rhmattn (4014677) writes "Fedora 22 will ship with GCC 5, which brings a whole host of enhancements, among which is a new default C++ ABI. Fedora is going to transition to that ABI over two Fedora releases F22 and F23. This article, written by some of the key players in the GCC community, explains how that will work and what it means for developers, including some useful tips for application developers and packagers."
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+ - Spyware Developed By NSA Resides In HDD Firmware

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Russian computer security firm Kaspersky has uncovered spyware code buried in the firmware of common hard disk drives. The spyware kit has been customized to support all major HDD brands. Most of the infections have occurred in countries that are frequent US spying targets, such as China, Iran, Pakistan and Russia. Kaspersky declined to publicly name the country behind the spying campaign, but said it was closely linked to Stuxnet, the NSA-led cyberweapon that was used to attack Iran's uranium enrichment facility. A former NSA employee told Reuters that Kaspersky's analysis was correct, and that people still in the intelligence agency valued these spying programs as highly as Stuxnet. Another former intelligence operative confirmed that the NSA had developed the prized technique of concealing spyware in hard drives, but said he did not know which spy efforts relied on it. Kaspersky published the technical details of its research on Monday, which should help infected institutions detect the spying programs, some of which trace back as far as 2001."

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.