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Submission + - Unmasking a Reddit Supertroll (

Raenex writes: From the article: "If you are capable of being offended, Brutsch has almost certainly done something that would offend you, then did his best to rub your face in it. His speciality is distributing images of scantily-clad underage girls, but as Violentacrez he also issued an unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed, all on the sprawling online community Reddit. [..] But Michael Brutsch is more than a monster. Online, Violentacrez has been one of Reddit's most reviled characters but also one of its most beloved users. The self-described "creepy uncle of Reddit" has played a little-known but crucial role in Reddit's development into the online juggernaut it is today."

This is the same Reddit user/moderator behind the now banned "jailbait" subreddit.


Submission + - UK MPs Threaten New Laws If Google Won't Censor Search (

judgecorp writes: "A committee of British MPs and peers has asked Google to censor search results to protect privacy and threatened to put forward new laws that would force it to do so, if Google fails to comply. The case relates to events such as former Formula One boss Max Mosley's legal bid to prevent Google linking to illegally obtained images of himself."

Submission + - News Corp hacked PPV rival to enable illegal free streaming on THOIC (

Qedward writes: A unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation allegedly cracked the smartcard codes of ONdigital in a bid to undermine the company's success, according to claims aired on BBC's Panorama programme.

After NDS, a software company owned by News Corp, allegedly cracked the system, the access codes appeared on a pirate website known as The House of Ill Compute (THOIC) where users could use them for illegally accessing free digital television. On BBC Panorama last night, THOIC operator Lee Gibling said he had received over £60,000 a year from Ray Adams, NDS' head of security, for the work.

ONdigital, owned by Granada and Carlton, part of ITV, later went out of business amid mass counterfeiting. This cleared the pay-TV field and left Sky as the key service...


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to Get Better Developers out of less-than Average Ones (

An anonymous reader writes: I've asked this before in other places, and I'm now turning to you guys to see what sort of advice you can offer.
Some background: I'm a project manager at an offshore company. I don't get to choose the people I work with (can't hire or fire people). We are using all sorts of methodologies (agile, scrum, waterfall, RUP, you-name-it). We are holding both weekly and milestone meetings in which we are trying to learn what went wrong/right. So,this is not a question of motivation (my employer is paying them more than fair, they get full employment benefits, etc ), nor one of simply teaching them new skills. This is more about addressing a problem within the mind-set of the average developer.
I've worked with a lot of people both good and bad during the years. There were a few of them exceptional, but most of them were less-than average. Most of the times I'm usually confronted with guys that are getting stuck way to often, guys that are skipping solutions as they are not careful enough to see past their own coding mistakes and guys that are simply drifting away from the tasks to wherever their day-dream takes them.
I was wondering if (and how) can they be determined to properly pay attention to their work, to be able to determine solutions and to unstuck themselves without me having to check on their work 24/7.
I would really love to worry myself that I'm intervening in their work too much, that I'm always giving them the solution without letting them think. But at this point, I can't see this happening

Some ways I've been suggested to try so far are:
1. Make them read “Addison Wesley – Pragmatic Programmer”
  and "Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship" – hold periodic meetings for each chapter and discuss what they have learned so far.
2. Hold some sort of "Quick&Great Code of the Week competition", using a new/unknown language for implementation – given that this would be a new language for everyone, this should give me/us an idea over who is missing what.
3. Get the rest of the management team to analyze "a great TED talk about motivation by Dan Pink" and see if we find anything that works for further motivating them.

So, I'm now wondering: is there anything else? would this approach work?


Submission + - Apple sued in Australia for 'misleading' 4G iPad claims (

daria42 writes: A series of articles and Apple itself has made it pretty clear that the 4G speeds which the company's new iPad tablet boasts are not supported in Australia, due to the fact that the only 4G network currently functioning in Australia (Telstra's) uses a different spectrum band (1800MHz) compared with the 700MHz and 2100MHz bands being used by telcos in the US and a number of other countries. But this disclosure doesn't appear to have placated the country's competition regulator, the ACCC, which tonight flagged plans to sue Apple over what it called its "misleading" claims on 4G support in Australia. This isn't the only lawsuit Apple is currently fighting in Australia — some of you may recall the company is also in court in Australia against Samsung over the company's Galaxy Tab tablet, which Apple alleges breaches its patents.

Submission + - America: Iran Can't Control The Internet Only We Can ( 1

sfcrazy writes: The same country which is preaching Iran for free flow of information is planning to pass a dangerous cybersecurity legislation which threatens civil liberties of its own citizens. The US government is helping the American companies to take more and more control away from people. The Cybersecurity bill seems an attept to repackages SOPA and PIPA and get it passed in the name of national security.

Submission + - Judge Refuses to Shut Down Online Market for Used MP3s

wiedzmin writes: Last year Capitol tried to shut down ReDigi, a revolutionary used MP3 trading service, with it subsequently filing an opposition to the injunction and even Google joining the fray in ReDigi's support. It appears that ReDigi has won this round, with a New York judge refusing to shatter the service on Monday. The case will now go to trial where Capitol will attempt to prove its allegations that ReDigi facilitates copyright infringement and is not protected by the first-sale doctrine.

Submission + - Zap your brain into the zone (

Morganth writes: "According to New Scientist, researchers at DARPA are investing efforts in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) machines to cut the time it takes to train snipers.

From the article: "a 2-milliamp current will run through the part of my brain associated with object recognition — an important skill when visually combing a scene for assailants."

The story also serves as a nice explainer on the psychology of "flow" — the state that experts tend to enter (e.g. programmers, tennis players, pianists) when focusing on their work."


AU R18+ Rating Plans Put On Hold Due To "Interest Groups" 139

Dexter Herbivore writes "Australian gamers are yet again left disappointed by their government's response to a lack of an R18+ rating for games. Gamespot reports that Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor has blamed 'interest groups' for swamping the public consultation with pro-R18+ submissions. From the article: 'A strong response from gamer groups in the Australian Federal Government's R18+ public consultation has led Censorship Ministers to claim that more views from the community are needed before a decision into the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games can be reached.'" Reader UgLyPuNk adds that support for the new rating is coming from unexpected places.

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

Submission + - Palm sued over Palm Pre GPL violation (

zaxl writes: Palm is being sued by Artifex Software over the PDF viewer in Palm's Pre smartphone, which may violate the GNU GPL. Artifex alleges that Palm has copied Artifex's PDF rendering engine, called muPDF, and integrated it into the Palm Pre's PDF viewer application without the proper licensing conditions. The entire application must be licensed under the GPL if muPDF is part of the application. It seems more and more cell phones are shipping with open source code, but in a closed manner.

Submission + - What do you do when Google screws you? 8

NEOGEOman writes: I work for a small company in Australia that sells a business product developed in Canada. We've come to rely on Google's AdWords system to bring us business — the vast majority of our new customers contact us because we came up near the top of their search for inventory control software. Google just cut us off, with an automated form letter that describes all kinds of offenses that don't apply to us (except perhaps our fairly unattractive landing page) and their stern wording and lack of response seems to indicate that there's no way to appeal or even find out what we did wrong. We've been AdWords users for years, and give Google a comparatively modest $1,000+ every month. Without this source of customers, we're kind of panicking. Our Canadian head office is panicking more, since their account is still active but their business is obviously the same. They have more staff than we do, and a lot more riding on continued AdWords success. We might fail without AdWords, but we WILL fail without our parent company.

My question for Slashdot is: If you're a legitimate small business selling legitimate software and Google cuts you off with the same letter they use to kill malware purveyors (Our software's might not be world-class but malware is a bit of a stretch!) what do you do?

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.