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Submission + - Senate Passes Bill Making Internet Tax Ban Permanent (

kheldan writes: Nearly two decades ago, Congress passed the first Internet Tax Freedom Act, establishing that — with a handful of grandfathered exceptions — local, state, and federal governments couldn’t impose taxes on Internet access. Problem is, that law has had to be renewed over and over, each time with an expiration date. But today, the U.S. Senate finally passed a piece of legislation that would make the tax ban permanent.

Comment Re: Weighed Response (Score 0) 286

Apparently it was a deliberate decision, even if you want to argue that it was a bad decision.

Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMD

I can think of some (unstated) reasons why they might have done that. I'm not sure there wasn't a better way.

The truth is that there were still stockpiles of chemical weapons in Iraq. The truth is that chemical munitions were used to attack coalition forces. The truth is that there was also accidental exposure to those chemical agents in some cases. They caused both death and wounds.

There were also biological weapons removed from Iraq. Oddly enough around that time Iraq suffered an outbreak of a disease that was weaponized. Coincidence?

Comment Re: Weighed Response (Score 1) 286

We aren't fighting on the battlefield, we're having a discussion. I don't "blather mindless propaganda," I reference news items bearing on the discussion. The fact that some of that is contrary to what you either believe or think you know gives you a chance to examine new facts. If you are an intelligent person (I'll take no position) it is possible that you may find your previous beliefs in error and adopt a new position. Some people have difficulties doing this since not mouthing the party position will get them in trouble with friends, family, or the party, so they prefer to be wrong as part of the group instead of being right and alone. Many people on Slashdot get some fairly simple issues or questions wrong because of ideology.

So, I'll meet you half-way given your post. You might want to actually read these stories.

Saddam-Era Chemical Weapons Now Under ISIS Control: Reports

However, according to a report published by The New York Times on Tuesday, the U.S. military not only recovered massive stockpiles of chemical weapons in Iraq, including in the Muthanna complex now controlled by ISIS, it actively attempted to keep the discovery of the munitions a secret. The report, which is based on interviews with several former U.S. army personnel, alleged that between 2004 and 2010, soldiers found thousands of rusty and corroded chemical munitions.

Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMD

Just because you think it sounds wrong or stupid doesn't mean that it is.

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SourceForge Eliminates DevShare Program ( 441

SourceForge has officially eliminated its DevShare program. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that. We are more interested in doing the right thing than making extra short-term profit. This is just the first step in a number of improvements we will outline in the coming weeks. SourceForge and Slashdot were acquired in late January by BIZX.

Submission + - The Internet of Broken Things (

szczys writes: The Internet of Things is all the hype these days. On one side we have companies clamoring to sell you Internet-Connected-everything to replace all of the stuff you already have that is now considered "dumb". On the other side are security researchers screaming that we're installing remote access with little thought about securing it properly. The truth is a little of both is happening, and that this isn't a new thing. It's been around for years in industry, the new part is that it's much wider spread and much closer to your life. Al Williams walks through some real examples of the unintended consequences of IoT, including his experiences building and deploying devices, and some recent IoT gaffs like the NEST firmware upgrade that had some users waking up to an icy-cold home.

Adblock Plus Maker Seeks Deal With Ad Industry Players ( 356

An anonymous reader writes with Yahoo's report that the makers of Adblock Plus are "looking to reach out to advertisers and identify an 'acceptable' level and form of advertising on the net." That involves convincing advertisers to conform to the company's own guidelines for advertising, or an alternative path much disliked by some of the software's users — to pay the company to ignore ads that don't meet those guidelines. From the article: Big websites can pay a fee not to be blocked. And it is these proceeds that finance the Cologne-based company and its 49-strong workforce. While Google and Amazon have paid up, others refuse. Axel Springer, which publishers Germany's best-selling daily Bild, accuses [Adblock Plus maker] Eyeo of racketeering. "We believe Eyeo's business model is against the law," a spokesman for Springer told AFP. "Clearly, Eyeo's primary aim is to get its hands on a share of the advertising revenues." Ultimately, such practices posed a threat to the professional journalism on the web, he suggested, an argument Eyeo rejects.

Linux Kernel Patch Hints At At 32-Core Support For AMD Zen Chips 136

New submitter Iamthecheese points to an article which says that a patch published on the Linux Kernel Mailing List indicates that AMD's forthcoming Zen processors will have as many as 32 cores per socket, but notes that while the article's headline says "Confirms," "the article text doesn't bear that out." Still, he writes, There are hints of such from last year. A leaked patch for the 14 nanometer AMD Zeppelin (Family 17h, Model 00h) reveals support for up to 32 cores. Another blog says pretty much the same thing. We recently discussed an announced 4+8 core AMD chip, but nothing like this.

Comment Re:Anything NK does is suspicious (Score 3) 286

Because it worked so well back in 1940 with Japan.

Aggressive military dictatorships aren't always deterred by anything less than war. Can you think of a measure less than war that would have deterred Japan from its path of conquest in Asia and war against America? Surrender doesn't count.

. . . amid all their paranoia and psychopathy they are honestly scared about what happens to non-nuclear countries once USA tells them "you are not my friend" and how different it is when the one at the receiving end is an ICBM-capable country.

Your theory needs some adjustments. North Korea was at war with South Korea, the UN powers, and through that the US before there were ICBMs. You're trying to paint a 60 year old war with a 10 year old brush and it doesn't work. Many countries have had an interest in nuclear arms and many of them were US allies. I don't think your idea holds water. North Korea wants nuclear weapons for the power, not just to use against the US.

By the way, did you take any notice of what happened to the "friends" of the USSR that went off script? East Germany? Hungary? Czechoslovakia? Afghanistan? I don't recall the US invading a friendly nation like that.

Comment Re: so what? (Score 0) 286

There are actually a great many people from South America, the Middle East, and Vietnam in the US now, and they seem to agree. There are also those back in their homelands that would agree as well .... only quietly, when nobody is watching, so they don't end up in prison or dead. The so called "reeducation camps" are murder.

Comment Re:so what? (Score 1) 286

You misunderstand things. The US Congress has approved military operations on many occasions by issuing an Authorization for Use of Military Force. They are legally equivalent to a declaration of war. That is the basis for the current armed action against al Qaida and Daesh, for example.

Many people in the US and on Slashdot have the mistaken belief that the magic words "Declaration of War" are needed for US military operations to take place and be legal and that is not the case.

There is nothing unconstitutional about it, not exploiting of procedural loopholes. Congress has the power to exercise how they see fit.

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