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+ - New Zealand ISP's anti-geoblocking service makes waves-> 1

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "New Zealanders and Australians are often blocked from using cheap streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and instead at the mercy of local content monopolies for popular shows such as Game of Thrones. However a New Zealand ISP Slingshot has caused a stir by making a previously opt-in service called 'Global Mode' a default for its customers. The new service means that people in NZ don't need to bother with VPNs or setting up proxies if they want to sign up to Netflix — they can just visit the site. The service has also caused a stir in Australia where the high price for digital goods, such as movies from the iTunes store, is a constant source of irritation for consumers"
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+ - Facebookâ(TM)s Unethical Experiment->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Facebookâ(TM)s methodology raises serious ethical questions. The team may have bent research standards too far, possibly overstepping criteria enshrined in federal law and human rights declarations. âoeIf you are exposing people to something that causes changes in psychological status, thatâ(TM)s experimentation,â says James Grimmelmann, a professor of technology and the law at the University of Maryland. âoeThis is the kind of thing that would require informed consent.â"
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Comment: Re:The answer nobody likes... (Score 1) 286

by sootman (#47338093) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

In just 48 minutes, you can become less ignorant.

There are a LOT of VERY FUCKING GOOD reasons that innocent people should not talk to police or consent to searches. Be sure to watch the second half, where an ACTUAL COP says "yes, everything he just said is correct."

> the solution isn't to be a dick to the guy
> out there in the papers-please guard hut.
> Keep voting against the idiots who make
> these things possible.

Why not do both? Especially since "b" doesn't seem to work?

Comment: Shouldn't be too hard (Score 1) 176

by sootman (#47326605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

The easiest way would be to just get an old machine. 15 years ago was the birth of the Pentium III, so with not much work you should be able to find a perfectly fine 10- to 12-year-old 1 GHz PIII with 512 MB RAM for next to nothing. (I'm personally a fan of Dell OptiPlex GX corporate desktops and HP Pavilions -- generally well-supported hardware and durable.) Otherwise, try VirtualBox on the modern computer of your choice.

+ - Selfie of Stroke Symptoms Finally Gets Woman Correct Diagnosis

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes " Canada's CBC TV reports that a woman suffering from a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) was diagnosed by the attending emergency room physician as suffering from stress, given tips on how to manage it and sent home. As she left the hospital she again began suffering the same symptoms in her car. Thinking quick she pulled out her smart phone and started taking a video selfie of herself to show the doctors the classic symptoms of a stroke. She was originally stricken at home and remembering the symptoms of a stroke from a public service announcement, went to the hospital when the symptoms subsided. After the second episode, her quick thinking and video convinced the doctors they were wrong and she was right, and they sent her for the proper diagnostic testing and treatment they should have given in first place. The article has a link to the video she took, but here it is in case, and I know it is unlikely on Slashdot, you don't want to read it."

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