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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 + - Smart watches (

Tomahawk writes: I was thinking about the Docomo watch phone recently ( — one if the features that caught my eye when it came out was the use of bone induction — the microphone was in the wristband, and you put you finger in your ear to listen to the call.

None if the current range of smart watches have this (and maybe for good reason, battery being one). It got me wondering about what other older technologies haven't been added into smart watches, why, and would you be more likely to buy a smart watch if they were included.

Bone induction might be, for me, a good selling point.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Country best to avoid government surveillance?

simpz writes: Which country is best to choose for hosting Internet services and locating VMs to avoid government surveillance (both NSA and local)?

It should be a country with good connectivity to the US and Europe, but have strong legal protections from mass surveillance. People talk about Switzerland, Norway and Iceland (even Spain). Anyone worked through the pros and cons of each of these? I'm not concerned about legitimate (with court order) surveillance, just the un-targeted mass surveillance most governments seem to do. I don't believe this bad behavior should be rewarded or made easy.

Submission + - Purdue 'HUSH' Tool Promises 16% Battery Life Gain For Wasteful Android Phones (

MojoKid writes: Researchers from Purdue University have developed a software tool for Android smartphones that purportedly slows down battery drain when handsets enter a sleep state. With the software tool installed, the researchers claim that smartphone battery life can be extended by nearly 16 percent. Called "HUSH," the software solution was developed in response to what the researchers say is the first large-scale study of smartphone energy drain occurring from everyday use by consumers. According to their research, apps drain 28.9 percent of battery power while the screen is turned off. HUSH dynamically identifies app background activities that it deems aren't useful to the user experience on a per-app basis and suppresses those apps when the screen is turned off.

Submission + - SteamOS Has Dropped Support for Suspend

jones_supa writes: As pointed out by a Redditor, it seems that suspending the machine is not officially supported by SteamOS anymore. A SteamOS user opened a bug report due to his controllers being unresponsive after a suspend cycle. To this, a Valve engineer bluntly reported that "suspend is no longer supported". He further explained the issue by saying that given the state of hardware and software support throughout the graphics stack on Linux, the team didn't think that they could make the feature work reliably.

Submission + - The 2015 Underhanded C Contest has begun (

Xcott Craver writes: The 8th Underhanded C Contest is now underway. The goal of the Underhanded C Contest is to write C code that is as readable, clear, innocent and straightforward as possible, but which performs some malicious function that is not obvious from looking at the source code. This year's challenge is based on a real problem in joint development for nuclear treaty verification, and the prize is $1000.

Submission + - Legal Scholars Warn Against 10 Year Prison for Online Pirates ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Legal experts and activists are protesting a UK Government proposal to increase the maximum jail term for online piracy from two to ten years. The proposed extension is disproportionate, ineffective and puts casual file-sharers at risk of long jail sentences, they argue.
The UK Government plans to increase the maximum prison sentence for online copyright infringement to ten years.
The current maximum of two years is not enough to deter infringers, lawmakers argue.

Submission + - The Death Star could become a reality with asteroid-sized antimatter chunks

StartsWithABang writes: The ability to destroy an Alderaan-like (or, ahem, Earth-like) planet has long been the dream of slashdotters everywhere. But generating the power necessary to unbind a planet — some 2.24 x 10^32 Joules — is simply impossible on board an object only the size of a small moon. But if, instead, you could house a 1-2 trillion ton asteroid (about 5-7 km across) made of antimatter and deliver it to the planet's core, Einstein's E=mc^2 ensures that the planet will be destroyed in seconds. And now, you will witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station!

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can you permanently disable Windows 10 privacy invading features?

An anonymous reader writes: I really want to upgrade to Windows 10, but have begun seeing stories come out about the new Terms and how they affect your privacy. It looks like the default Windows 10 system puts copies of your data out on the "cloud", gives your passwords out, and targets advertising to you. The main reason I am looking to upgrade is that Bitlocker is not available on Windows 7 Pro, but is on Windows 10 Pro, and Microsoft no longer offers Anytime Upgrades to Windows 7 Ultimate. However, I don't want to give away my privacy for security. The other option is to wait until October to see what the Windows 10 Enterprise version offers, but it may not be available through retail. Are the privacy minded Slashdot readers not going with Windows 10?

For reference, I am referring to these articles:

Submission + - Samsung finds bug in Linux trim code - trim with raid0/10 corrupted data

Mokki writes: After many complaints that Samsung SSD's corrupted data when used with Linux, Samsung found out that the bug was in Linux kernel and submitted a patch to fix it. Turns out that kernels without the final fix can corrupt data iff the system is using linux md raid with raid0 or raid10 and issues trim/discard commands (either fstrim or by the filesystem itself). The vendor of the drive did not matter and the previous blacklisting of Samsung drives for broken queued trim support can be most likely lifted away after further tests. According to this post the bug has been around for a long time.

Comment GFDL? (Score 4, Interesting) 359

The Gnu Free Documentation Licence (GFDL) has not been embraced with nearly as much love as the GPL and numerous issues have been raised:

*Non compability with GPL (both ways).
*Non-freeness (as deemed by Debian) of invariant sections.
*Cumersomeness of having to print the full licence when distributing physical printouts.

Wikipedia for example does not accept contributions licenced under the GFDL only.

What do you see as a way forward in adressing the issues raised regarding the GFDL?

Submission + - Lawsuit over quarter horse's clone may redefine animal breeding (

schwit1 writes: Lynx Melody Too, a clone of a renowned quarter horse, is at the center of a lawsuit that could change the world of animal breeding and competition.

Texas horse breeder Jason Abraham and veterinarian Gregg Veneklasen sued the American Quarter Horse Assn., claiming that Lynx Melody Too should be allowed to register as an official quarter horse. A Texas jury decided in their favor in 2013, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling in January, saying there was "insufficient" evidence of wrongdoing by the association.

The Jockey Club, which registers thoroughbreds, has banned them from racing. But clones are allowed in other competitions, such as dressage and rodeo. There is little uniformity among other animal groups. The American Kennel Club has banned clones; the Cat Fanciers' Assn. has no policy yet since no one has tried to register a cloned cat.

Submission + - How to Execute People in the 21st Century 2 writes: Matt Ford writes in The Atlantic that thanks to a European Union embargo on the export of key drugs, and the refusal of major pharmaceutical companies to sell them the nation’s predominant method of execution is increasingly hard to perform. With lethal injection’s future uncertain, some states are turning to previously discarded methods. The Utah legislature just approved a bill to reintroduce firing squads for executions, Alabama’s House of Representatives voted to authorize the electric chair if new drugs couldn’t be found, and after last years botched injection, Oklahoma legislators are mulling the gas chamber.

The driving force behind the creation and abandonment of execution methods is the constant search for a humane means of taking a human life. Arizona, for example, abandoned hangings after a noose accidentally decapitated a condemned woman in 1930. Execution is also prone to problems as witnesses routinely report that, when the switch is thrown, the condemned prisoner "cringes," "leaps," and "fights the straps with amazing strength." The hands turn red, then white, and the cords of the neck stand out like steel bands. The prisoner's limbs, fingers, toes, and face are severely contorted. The force of the electrical current is so powerful that the prisoner's eyeballs sometimes pop out and "rest on [his] cheeks." The physical effects of the deadly hydrogen cyanide in the gas chamber are coma, seizures and cardiac arrest but the time lag has previously proved a problem. According to Ford one reason lethal injection enjoyed such tremendous popularity was that it strongly resembled a medical procedure, thereby projecting our preconceived notions about modern medicine—its competence, its efficacy, and its reliability—onto the capital-punishment system. "As states revert to earlier methods of execution—techniques once abandoned as backward and flawed—they run the risk that the death penalty itself will be seen in the same terms."

Comment Re:Sick (Score 3, Informative) 301

Look at Sweden for example. What you're stating simply isn't true. In 2013, 15.9% of the population was born outside of Sweden.
Anyone in the EU is free to settle in any other EU contry (Sweden is a EU country, just as Romania).
Anyone from outside the EU is free to work in Sweden provided that they can show an offer of employment with a monthly salary of at least 13000 sek
(about 1560 usd), and after four years they can apply for permanent residency.

The diffrence is a welfare state and unions.

Submission + - RIP Leonard Nimoy

Esther Schindler writes: According to the NY Times, Leonard Nimoy died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

He was, and always shall be, our friend.

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