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Apple

Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay" 642

Posted by timothy
from the cue-up-the-poorly-socialized-legions dept.
An anonymous reader writes Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

Cook added that while the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation."
Verizon

Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying 140

Posted by Soulskill
from the pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-mirror dept.
blottsie writes: The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called SugarString.com. The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is meant to rival major tech websites like Wired and the Verge while bringing in a potentially giant mainstream audience to beat those competitors at their own game.

There's just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today.

Comment: The Zombie Apocalypse (Score 1) 266

by EmagGeek (#48252381) Attached to: A Library For Survival Knowledge

The Sun just bathed Earth in an enormous X-Ray flare, knocking out power globally. Unable to restore power quickly, governments stand idly by bickering while people run out of food and water, and begin the rioting that ultimately causes the demise of civilization.

In the ensuing civil wars, 50% of the population is wiped out, starting with the educated, who are blamed by the bottom rung for the disaster.

The few who remain postwar get together to "reboot" civilization.

"Shit, there are no computers. We're all fucked."

Cellphones

CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones 272

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-tax-dollars-at-work dept.
sabri writes: Following the initial suspension of a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this week, news has come out that the CHP has an entire ring of officers who steal and subsequently share nude pictures. The nudes are stolen from women who are arrested or stopped. Officer Sean Harrington of Martinez reportedly confessed to stealing explicit photos from the suspect's phone, and said he forwarded those images to at least two other CHP officers. Where is the ACLU when you need them the most?

Comment: Re:CFAA violation! (Score 3, Informative) 239

by EmagGeek (#48194419) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

The CFAA has an exception for law enforcement operations and criminal investigations.

Paragraph (f):

(f) This section does not prohibit any lawfully authorized investigative, protective, or intelligence activity of a law enforcement agency of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision of a State, or of an intelligence agency of the United States.

Comment: Way to spread the FUD (Score 1) 150

by EmagGeek (#48148535) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Especially with this article on the SAME PAGE.

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

Whenever a company says it is losing money on something, you have to take that information with a grain of salt. AWS is probably just paying another Amazon division for services at an astronomical rate. Corporations shift money internally all the time, and the result is that it can appear that one part of the business is hemorrhaging money.

Comment: Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (Score 1) 403

by EmagGeek (#48091451) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

It's not that trivial, actually. Fuel expands and contracts with temperature, and measuring fluid flow accurately is actually pretty damn hard, especially for very small flows. It's easy to estimate within about 5% based on injector duty cycle, fuel rail pressure, and temperature, but even then any kind of nonideality in the injector could radically change the accuracy of the "measurement."

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