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Comment: Re:Someone call Ben Affleck (Score 1) 160

Actually, Israel is set to pass a new law that will effectively disallow Arab parties from running for elections. There is systematic anti-Arab racism in Israel, it won't end soon, and the Palestinians don't even have human right as far as Israeli courts are concerned.

Comment: Re:Statistics suck (Score 1) 367

by JabrTheHut (#46599313) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

It is a fact that in over 50% of all accidents there were at LEAST 2 breasts in the car at the time.

If that were even remotely true then Saudi Arabia would be the safest place in the world to drive. Looking at the stats on wikipedia, the answer is a resouding "no." Mind you, compare US and UK traffic accidents and you start to wonder why two developed nations have such different fatality rates for traffic accidents...

+ - Apple Refuses to Unlock Bequeathed iPad

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC reports: A man whose mother bequeathed her iPad to her family in her will says Apple's security rules are too restrictive. Since her death, they have been unable to unlock the device, despite providing Apple with copies of her will, death certificate and solicitor's letter. After her death, they discovered they did not know her Apple ID and password, but were asked to provide written consent for the device to be unlocked. Mr Grant said: "We obviously couldn't get written permission because mum had died. So my brother has been back and forth with Apple, they're asking for some kind of proof that he can have the iPad. "We've provided the death certificate, will and solicitor's letter but it wasn't enough. They've now asked for a court order to prove that mum was the owner of the iPad and the iTunes account."

+ - Police use WhatsApp for surveillance operations, share intel with civilian.

Submitted by TheP4st
TheP4st (1164315) writes "A group of Swedish police officers thought it a good idea to use WhatsApp as a work tool for surveillance operations, the officer that set up their chat group mistyped one of the phone numbers to mistakenly include a civilian IT teacher. Once the teacher informed authorities about the mistake it took more than 24 hours before he stopped receiving sensitive case information that included criminal records excerpts, passport photos and communications between surveillance teams tailing suspects.

When confronted by Computer Sweden (article in Swedish) the officer responsible for setting up the group say "I know this server is not located in Sweden and that one cannot share every kind of information" Yet it took less than an hour from that the group were set up that the teacher started getting sensitive intel on suspects. The only mobile chat medium approved for sensitive information is Blackberry, and this initiative by a small group of officers happened as they do not have access to Blackberry handsets which are considered too expensive.

Article in English"

+ - Code.org: Not Supporting Our Vision Seems Un-American

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "In a Tumblr post entitled The "Secret Agenda" Behind Code.org, the learn-to-code organization offers 'a response to critics' who questioned if Code.org has a hidden agenda that is aligned with the self-serving interests of its high-tech corporate donors and their leaders. While not specifically addressing the cross-pollination of Code.org and Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC, or the similar more-tech-visas-for-CS-education pitches that both groups and Microsoft have made to Congress, Code.org did pooh-pooh the idea that it was part of "a political effort run by tech companies and their evil founders to fill software jobs cheaply." And for those who would still question Code.org's vision? Well, you just might be un-American. "The Code.org vision is for every student in every school to have the opportunity to learn computer science," the post concludes. "It is a fundamental American ideal — and an ideal people worldwide aspire to — that access to education and opportunity should be equal for all. It seems un-American to accept that computer science classes are only available to the privileged few, in only 10 percent of schools." Speaking of educational equity, Code.org founder Hadi Partovi and some of the nonprofit's supporters — including Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith (a Code.org Board member) — also collaborated together in 2010 on Defeat 1098, making cash contributions that helped defeat an initiative to create a WA state income tax that Bill Gates (Sr.) argued at the time was needed to address K-12 funding inequity, which he said was forcing businesses "to import technically-trained employees, while our own people are shut out of highly paid careers." Guess now's the time for Gates Sr. to say, "I told you so.""

+ - OpenBSD (OpenSSH) will shut down if funding not found->

Submitted by BillBrains
BillBrains (1686056) writes "In light of shrinking funding, we do need to look for a source to cover project expenses. If need be the OpenBSD Foundation can be involved in receiving donations to cover project electrical costs.

But the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have the funding to keep the lights on.

If you or a company you know are able to assist us, it would be greatly appreciated, but right now we are looking at a significant funding shortfall for the upcoming year — Meaning the project won't be able to cover 20 thousand dollars in electrical expenses before being able to use money for other things. That sort of situation is not
sustainable.

http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=138972987203440&w=2"

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Comment: Re:They should require refund window (Score 2) 252

by JabrTheHut (#45970807) Attached to: Apple Will Refund $32.5M To Settle In-App Purchase Complaints With FTC

Meanwhile, if a parent is idiot enough to let their toddler play with a somewhat-fragile glass-faced $500+ electronic device?

You mean like a TV? And - toddler? There's a stage or two between toddler and adult that you seem to be unaware of...

The parent(s) deserve the consequences, and should count themselves lucky that little Junior didn't slam it into the floor until the screen shattered.

She keeps slamming toys into the screen, but she's not strong enough to break it. Yet.

+ - Australian team working on engines without piston rings

Submitted by JabrTheHut
JabrTheHut (640719) writes "An Australian team is seeking funding for bringing an interesting idea to market: cylinder engines without piston rings. The idea is to use small groves that create a pressure wave that acts as a seal for the piston, eliminating the piston ring and the associated friction. Engines will then run cooler, can be more energy efficient and may even burn fuel more efficiently, at least according to the story at http://www.motoring.com.au/news/2013/aussie-invention-eliminates-piston-rings-40773. Mind you, they haven't even built a working prototype yet. If it works I'd love to fit this into an older car..."

+ - Julian Assange Video DMCA'ed Offline During Aussie Election

Submitted by Pav
Pav (4298) writes "On the verge of going viral (600,000 views in a week) this video was taken offline during the Australian election. It's a humourous spoof of the various contenders, plus a guest appearance by the real Julian Assange, who breaks into a few bars of "The Voice" by John Farnham, jarringly and an octave too low — apparently this was the cause of the DMCA concern."

+ - Australia to send aircraft to monitor Japanese whaling activity->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "It's the start of the whaling season by the Japanese, and Australia is going to monitor Japanese whaling activity from the air.

Japanese have been doing large scale whaling for the past several decades and Australia is getting very tired of Japanese' whaling activities near its territories.

There have been spit and spat in between the Japanese and the Australian government regarding whaling. Back in July, Australia's Attorney General Mark Dreyfus wants the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to outlaw Japanese' whaling practice ( http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-23/call-to-outlaw-japanese-whaling-before-start-of-hunting-season/4774264 ), and the Japanese fought back by playing the "victim" role in accusing Australia "affronting Japanese dignity" for objecting their whaling activity ( http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jul/16/australian-accused-whaling-case-affront-japan ), even when the Japanese are harpooning the whale half a world away from Japan.

Now that the new Japanese whaling season has started, and Japan's whaling fleet is expected to arrive in its planned hunting zone in the Southern Ocean before the end of the year, Australia's Environment Minister Greg Hunt has announced that they will be tracking what the Japanese are doing in the Antarctic region.

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