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Comment Re: Wannabe soldiers (Score 2) 336

Note carefully how the PEACEFUL and UNARMED protesters of the 'occupy' movement were beaten, maced, and otherwise abused by the police.

I was thinking about that, too. It's an interesting point, but I don't think it's just dependent on the presence or absence of firearms. I suspect that the location of the 'occupation' matters a lot. For example, if these same militia guys tried to 'occupy' any building on Wall Street, I'm certain they would find themselves SWATted faster than you could say 'insider trading'.

On the other hand, if Occupy Wall Street showed up in Oregon, I think that their protest would not last as long as the protest by the militia guys, due to the 'peaceful and unarmed' aspect. So, yeah.

Submission + - Discrepancy Detected In GPS Time

jones_supa writes: Tuesday, 26th January, Aalto University's Metsähovi observatory located in Kirkkonummi, Finland, detected a rare anomaly in time reported by the GPS system (Google translation). The automatic monitoring system of a hydrogen maser atomic clock triggered an alarm which reported a deviation of 13.7 microseconds. While this is tiny, it is a sign of a problem somewhere, and does not exclude the possibility of larger timekeeping problems happening. The specific source of the problem is not known, but candidates are a faulty GPS satellite or an atomic clock placed in one. Particle flare-up from sun is unlikely, as the observatory has currently not detected unusually high activity from sun.

Submission + - Online Ad Czar Berates Adblockers As Freedom-Hating 'Mafia' (

An anonymous reader writes: Randall Rothenburg, the president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has made a speech branding the creators of Adblock Plus (who were banned from the conference where he made this keynote) as "rich and self-righteous", and accused adblockers of subverting freedom of the press. Speaking at the IAB's annual conference, Rothenburg characterised the Adblock Plus team as "operating a business model predicated on censorship of content".

Submission + - One Ring to pwn them all a.k.a. the BackDoorbot

An anonymous reader writes: A flaw in the IoT doorbell, Ring, was revealed recently that allows a visitor to steal your home WiFi password from your doorstep, without ringing the bell & without leaving traces of an attack

Although the announcement was made a few weeks back, a more recent post revealed that the flaw was in fact disclosed to Ring in March last year but wasn't fixed by the vendor

Here an attacker can be seen grabbing the owner's home WiFi password using only a screwdriver, a pin and a mobile phone

Yet another piece of bad news for IoT Security.

Submission + - Bendable Lithium-Air Battery Inspired By Chinese Calligraphy (

An anonymous reader writes: Chinese scientists have developed a new flexible lithium-based battery, inspired by the ancient art form calligraphy. The research team, based at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, designed the bendable lithium-air battery using carbon-based painting ink on paper to create a flexible and inexpensive cathode alternative. The researchers found that, even after 1,000 flex cycles, their calligraphy battery was able to achieve energy capacities similar to commercially available lithium-ion batteries. The material could also be folded easily to create battery packs.

Submission + - How to work on source code without having the source code?

occamboy writes: Perhaps the ultimate conundrum!

I've taken over a software project in an extremely specialized area that needs remediation in months, so it'll be tough to build an internal team quickly enough. The good news is that there are outside software engineering groups that have exactly the right experience and good reputations. The bad news is that my management is worried about letting source code out of the building. Seems to me that unless I convince the suits otherwise, my options are to:

1) have all contractors work on our premises — a pain for everyone, and they might not want to do it at all

2) have them remote in to virtual desktops running on our premises — much of our software is sub-millisecond-response real-time systems on headless hardware, so they'll need to at least run executables locally, and giving access to executables but not sources seems like it will have challenges. And if the desktop environment goes down, more than a dozen people are frozen waiting for a fix. Also, I'd imagine that if a remote person really wanted the sources, they could video the sources as they scrolls by.

I'll bet there are n better ways to do this, and I'm hoping that there are some smart Slashdotters who'll let me know what they are; please help!

Submission + - Graphene based coating could act as a real-time de-icer for aircrafts (

hypnosec writes: Researchers have developed a graphene-based coating that they have proved is effective at melting ice from a helicopter blade paving way for a real-time de-icer. The thin coating of graphene nanoribbons in epoxy has been developed by researchers at Rice University and in their tests, researchers show that the coating is capable of melting centimeter-thick ice from a static helicopter rotor blade in a minus-4-degree Fahrenheit environment. A small voltage was applied to the coating that delivered electrothermal heat — called Joule heating — to the surface, which melted the ice.

Submission + - Senators who think you don't need faster broadband

Presto Vivace writes: Why 6 Republican senators think you don't need faster broadband

The six Republican senators who signed the letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler say most users don't need fast broadband Internet as it's now defined. From that letter: "Looking at the market for broadband applications, we are aware of few applications that require download speeds of 25 Mbps. Netflix, for example, recommends a download speed of 5 Mbps to receive high-definition streaming video; and Amazon recommends as speed of 3.5 Mbps."

The senators' claims are accurate. However, they mistakenly assume consumers don't simultaneously connect multiple devices to the Internet. And when newer video formats such as 4K become more common, even single devices will need additional bandwidth. The ISPs know this, of course, and they frequently tout the benefits of faster — and more expensive — connectivity.

Who signed? Sens. Steve Daines (Mont.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Cory Gardner (Colo.).

Submission + - Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Renewable Energy And Cheap Electricity (

mdsolar writes: On Monday, the court upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) demand response rule, which was created in 2011 and orders utilities to compensate consumers for reducing their use during peak hours — the times of day, typically in the morning or evening, when most people home and using their electricity. As Justice Elena Kagan explains in the court’s opinion, demand response “arose because wholesale market operators can sometimes — say, on a muggy August day — offer electricity both more cheaply and more reliably by paying users to dial down their consumption than by paying power plants to ramp up their production.”
Electricity producers and grid operators challenged the rule in court, saying FERC overstepped its authority, but the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 against the challenge. FERC’s authority does extend to wholesale power markets, and the court ruled that, in this case, FERC was simply exercising that authority.

Submission + - Feds Indict Prison Guards, Inmates in Jury Duty Phone Scam

Trailrunner7 writes: Federal officials have indicted more than 50 people, including 15 former prison officials and 19 former inmates, in a long-running vishing and phone fraud scheme that was run through a Georgia prison.

Using cell phones smuggled into Autry State Prison by guards, the inmates would call victims, mostly in the Atlanta metro area, and inform them that they were warrants our for their arrest because they had failed to show up for jury duty. The callers would warn the victims that law enforcement officers were on the way and they were about to be arrested. Unless, of course, the victims could come up with some money to pay a fine and have the warrants erased.

Because that’s how the justice system works.

Submission + - Paris Treaty Could Broaden EPA's Authority Over Greenhouse Gases (

mdsolar writes: A decades-old and little-used provision of the Clean Air Act intended to make the United States a good environmental neighbor could now be employed to comprehensively control the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new analysis.

Authored by a team of professors, attorneys and environmental scholars specializing in climate change, the study analyzes a section of the Clean Air Act intended to safeguard international borders from air pollution. Their prescription could provide the most potent approach for achieving the targets of the Paris climate agreement, the analysts say.

"The time is ripe for EPA to consider use of its authority for international air pollution control," the study urged.

The provision has been part of the Clean Air Act since it was passed in the early 1970s. It authorizes the EPA to require states to address emissions that endanger public health or welfare in other countries––if those countries extend the same protections to the U.S.

Submission + - Filmmaker successfully forces censors to watch 10-hour paint drying movie ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A British filmmaker has forced the people who decide how to censor films watch a 10-hour movie of paint drying on a wall following a protest fundraising campaign.

Charlie Lyne launched a Kickstarter to help raise the money needed to send his 'documentary' of a single shot of paint drying on a wall for consideration as a protest against the "stronghold" the organisation has on the British film industry.

The BBFC charge an initial fee of $144.88 to view a film and decide what certificate to give it, and then and additional $10.15 for each minute that the film lasts. The idea was the more money Lyne could raise via his fundraiser, the longer his paint-drying film could last.

The campaign eventually nearly £8,500, meaning he was able to send in a 607 minute video which the examiners had to watch in its entirety.

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