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Submission + - Chris Beard's open letter to Nadella->

puddingebola writes: Chris Beard at Mozilla has sent an open letter to Satya Nadella complaining about the default settings in Windows 10. Users who upgrade to 10 will have their default browser automatically changed to the new Edge browser. From the article, "The upgrade process, as he explained it, "appears to be purposely designed to throw away the choices its customers have made about the Internet experience they want, and replace it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them to have." "
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Comment Re:How? (Score 2) 234 234

So, precisely how again do they suggest sites verify ages? It needs to at least be proof against a minor with an adult's "borrowed" credit card, and it can't require sites to violate the law. This isn't a technical problem here, it's completely independent of the technology. If these politicians want the problem solved, they need to spend some time thinking about how to solve the problem. And yes, "make someone else solve it" is a valid option but only if having the sites apply that solution by making the politicians the "someone else" is also a valid option.

The problem is, they don't care about kids seeing inappropriate material... Politicians are, after all, sexually abusing minors left and right in the UK.

Unemployment too high? You lost your job? What are we going to do about it? Sir, were you aware that your 11yr could possibly be addicted to Tentacled midget porn? You didn't even know that was a thing? Here are some shocking pictures. Go argue with your neighbors and leave us alone.

Submission + - Hackers Trick Email Systems Into Wiring Them Large Sums-> 1 1

schwit1 writes: Cybercriminals are exploiting publicly available information and weaknesses in corporate email systems to trick small businesses into transferring large sums of money into fraudulent bank accounts, in schemes known as "corporate account takeover" or "business email fraud."

Companies across the globe lost more than $1 billion from October 2013 through June 2015 as a result of such schemes, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The estimates include complaints from businesses in 64 countries, though most come from U.S. firms. Both "organized crime groups from overseas and domestic-based actors" are typical perpetrators, said Patrick Fallon, a section chief in the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division.

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Comment Re:A much more efficient air conditioner, too? (Score 1) 223 223

Bascially Air conditioners only use electricity in 2 ways. A motor in the compressor, and a motor to drive the fan. AC motors are MUCH more efficient than DC motors. Any industrial electric motor you find will be AC. This is a step backwards.

Comment Re:It seemed too good to be true... (Score 2) 432 432

Neither of those OS's, by default, farm you for information. Google does offer you lots of services you really want in exchange for letting them farm you... But there are alternatives and you're free to chose them.

It sounds like here, Microsoft is doing the farming at the OS level. I don't know if that's true or not, I'll wait to hear more. But if it's true, this version of Windows is DOA. It could have been the one toehold MSFT could have had to fend off Google and they're throwing it all away.

Comment um no (Score 1) 157 157

The point of Steam Machines is to get rid of Windows and MS... so how does Windows 10 help with that?
Also... you can already plug your video card into your TV. You've been able to do that for over 10 years with a $10 extra long HDMI or Display port cable.
If you want it wireless, there are devices that do that for about $100
If you want a real "Stream" or shared desktop, Chrome Cast can do games now and the dongles $29

Also... this story hit a day or two ago... on pretty much every "Pay to play" tech website out there at the same time. In other words, this is a paid Microsoft commercial we've been duped into reading. Thanks Slashdot, you're really going down the tubes.

Submission + - CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about->

schwit1 writes: It's hard to find a more perfect example of this collusion than in a bill that's headed for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate: the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA.

CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a cybersecurity bill. It won't stop hackers. Instead, it essentially legalizes all forms of government and corporate spying.

Here's how it works. Companies would be given new authority to monitor their users — on their own systems as well as those of any other entity — and then, in order to get immunity from virtually all existing surveillance laws, they would be encouraged to share vaguely defined "cyber threat indicators" with the government. This could be anything from email content, to passwords, IP addresses, or personal information associated with an account. The language of the bill is written to encourage companies to share liberally and include as many personal details as possible.

That information could then be used to further exploit a loophole in surveillance laws that gives the government legal authority for their holy grail — "upstream" collection of domestic data directly from the cables and switches that make up the Internet.

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Submission + - Big Brother is Watching You Squat->

An anonymous reader writes:
  1. If you're a coach or personal trainer, your state government may soon force you to get licensed and operate within their "Standards of Practice."
  2. Certain organizations are lobbying state governments to make their certification and license mandatory for everyone who trains clients.
  3. Approval will be determined by a board, which may not approve of the way you train clients, i.e. using deadlifts or full squats.
  4. Don't think your state government will leave you alone to coach the way you know best. They'll try to make you train your clients the way the NSCA and the ACSM tell them you should.
  5. There are good and bad professionals within every profession that requires a license, and a license doesn't guarantee competence.

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Submission + - The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar->

schwit1 writes: In the last few years, I've watched a continuing battle among my friends about which is worse for you: artificial sweeteners or sugar. Unless you want to forgo all beverages that are sweet, you're going to run into one of these. Rather than rely on anecdote or myth, we can inform this debate with research.

The available evidence points to the fact that there appears to be a correlation between sugar consumption and health problems; none can be detected with artificial sweeteners.

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Comment Re:What the fuck Slashdot, where is the LINUX OPTI (Score 1) 255 255

Sounds like you bought the wrong device. If Linux was a requirement for you personally, you would not have bought a Surface Pro 2. But you bought one, so I think it's fair to say that Linux isn't a priority, at least not at the time of purchase.

I'm partial to the Yogo 2 if I'm doing x86. Or the Acer Chromebook 13 if I'm doing ARM. the 13 is a bit too big for my tastes, but it has my company's chip so I have my own reasons for choosing that one.

disclaimer: what's true for me, may not be true for you.

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