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Comment Feminists deplatform Richard Dawkins from NCSS (Score 4, Informative) 667

Great video that explains the situation:

Dawkins was deplatformed for twitting this satirical (and hilarious) video.

Feminists Love Islamists

Please, everybody here, take an active stance and post that video on your twitter and/or facebook accounts. Let the feminists/Islamists know that there censorship efforts are counter productive.

Submission + - Google asks court for OK to press for sanctions against Oracle (

walterbyrd writes: "Google is asking for sanctions against Oracle Corp after one of the software developer's lawyers discussed confidential details about the search giant's relationship with Apple Inc at a court hearing earlier this month.

Oracle's lawyer disclosed sensitive financial information regarding the relationship along with confidential information about Google's finances, which within days became headline news, Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, said in a letter on Wednesday to U.S. District Judge William Alsup and U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu.

In its letter Google requested permission to file a motion seeking sanctions, for a finding of contempt, and asked that Oracle's lawyer not have further access to its confidential information or confidential information of a third party.

The disclosure violated a protective order and led to an article by Bloomberg that "opened the floodgates" to more stories, including by Reuters, regarding the closely held information, the letter said.

"The severe potential consequences of public disclosure quickly became reality, particularly given the surprising nature of the disclosure," according to the letter.

Oracle was not immediately available to comment on the letter."

Submission + - Laid-off IT workers muzzled as H-1B debate heats up (

walterbyrd writes: The utility employees left their jobs with a severance package that included this sentence: "Employee agrees that he/she shall make no statements to anyone, spoken or written, that would tend to disparage or discredit the Company or any of the Company's officers, directors, employees, or agents."

That clause has kept former Eversource employees from speaking out because of fears the utility will sue them if they say anything about their experience. The IT firms that Eversource uses, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services, are major users of the H-1B visa.

Comment No other way to catch offenders? Really? (Score 1) 301

Dateline NBC had no trouble catching offenders, without creating a child porn website.

From my understanding, online sex offenders are very easy to catch. Just use standard "honeypot" methods: pretend to be child online, place phony ads, etc.

You do not have to actually provide child porn, or subject children to prostitution, just make that promise, and the child molesters will jump all over it.

Submission + - DOJ and 4 states want $24 billion in fines from Dish Network for telemarketing (

walterbyrd writes: The DOJ as well as Ohio, Illinois, California, and North Carolina say that Dish disregarded federal laws on call etiquette. US lawyers are asking for $900 million in civil penalties, and the four states are asking for $23.5 billion in fines, according to the Denver Post. "Laws against phoning people on do-not-call lists and using recorded messages allow penalties of up to $16,000 per violation,” the Post added.

Comment Re:BSD (Score 1) 91

I use ntfs-3g, it sucks. I can copy files, but cannot delete, or move.

Linux binary compatibility does not work for dropbox. I think Linux uses something called inotify, which the BSDs do not have.

Dropbox requires installing wine. Accessing NTFS requires installing special utilities, and even then does not work correctly. Auto-mounting requires special setup. Getting my privateinternetaccess VPN to work is such an ordeal that I gave up on it. Also, the Chrome browser does not work well, sites crash all time: Aw Snap, Aw Snap, Aw Snap.

I cannot help but wonder if desktop BSD is not trouble than it's worth.

Comment Re:BSD (Score 1) 91

I have also moved to FreeBSD, but may move to CentOS 6.7.

FreeBSD is awesome in many ways - seems perfect for servers.

But, as a desktop, FreeBSD seems to have many short-comings. FBSD will not work with dropbox. It has very poor support for NTFS. FBSD does not auto-mount USB drives. I have not been able to get my VPN to work.

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