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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying 133

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) 256

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 271

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."

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350

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