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+ - PyCon Twitter Callout Incident

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes "Adria Richards of the spam emailer SendGrid overheard two men seated behind her at PyCon make a sexual joke amongst themselves about "big dongles". Apparently one had previously said "I would fork that guys repo", which apparently she took as a (gay) catcall of sorts, although whether the comment was even an intentional double entendre remains unclear. In response, Ms Richards photographed the two men and asked her 9k twitter followers to identify and berate them. She also reported them to officials at PyCon. As a result of the twitter storm, one of the men was fired by his employer PlayHaven. Ms Richards defended her actions saying "I realized I had to do something or she would never have the chance to learn and love programming because the ass clowns behind me would make it impossible for her to do so." Earlier at the conference, Ms Richards publicly cracked jokes about attendees putting socks in their pants to mess with TSA agents."

+ - Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk->

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes "The Ada Initiative's Valerie Aurora got Violet Blue's Hackers As A High-Risk Population (29c3 abstract) talk on harm reduction methodology pulled from the Security BSides meeting in San Francisco by claiming it contained rape triggers.

It frankly asinine to object to work around hacker ethics as "off topic" at such broad hacker conference. Is Appelbaum's 29c3 keynote "off topic" for asking hackers to work for the "good guys" rather than military, police, their contractors, facebook, etc.?

Yes, obviously harm reduction is a psychological hack that need not involve a computer, but this holds for "social engineering" as well. It's simply that hacking isn't nearly as specialized or inaccessible as say theoretical physics.

Worse, there is no shortage of terrible technology laws like the CFAA, DMCA, etc. that exist partially because early hackers failed to communicate an ethics that seemed coherent and reasoned to outsiders."

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+ - Aaron Swartz's prosecutor Steve Heymann Should Be Fired-> 1

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes "Thanks to a last minute appeal by Aaron Swarz' girlfriend, a petition to fire Boston Assistant US Attorney Stephen Heymann has passed 25,000 signatures, has crossed the threshold required to elicit a White House response. Steve Heymann is the prosecutor in the Massachusetts US Attorneyâ(TM)s office who so aggressively and unreasonably went after Aaron to further his own career."
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+ - Paramount claims Louis CK "didn't monetize"

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes "Paramount's "Worldwide VP of Content Protection and Outreach" Al Perry has insinuated that Louis CK making $1 million in 12 days means he isn't monetizing. Al Perry asserted that "copyright law gives creators the right to monetize their creations, and that even if people like Louis C.K. decide not to do so, that’s a choice and not a requirement."

Bonus, slashdot favorite Jonathan Coulton apparently grossed almost half a million last year."
Censorship

+ - LolCat Kingpin May Pull 1,000+ Domains from GoDadd 1

Submitted by Weezul
Censorship

+ - AFL-CIO and big content advocate for internet cens

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes "Today's House Judiciary Committee meeting on the Stop Online Piracy Act excluded any witnesses who advocate for civil rights. Google's Katherine Oyama was the only witness to object to the bill in a meaningful way. In particular, the AFL-CIO's Paul Almeida advocated for the internet blacklist, saying "the First Amendment does not protect stealing goods off trucks""

+ - Egypt's Mordor becomes a torrent of leaks

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes "In what Egyptian ex-pats are calling the Egyptian Bastille Day, protesters stormed the Egyptian state security services on Saturday 5 March, freeing victims of torture there, detaining security personnel, and have started publishing secret documents on facebook and twitter.
An Egyptian Twitter poster wrote "I almost can't believe I'm witnessing this. We're inside the fortress of terror, our very own Mordor..."

Among the more amusing discoveries has been a room full of sex tapes, including Arab royals like Kuwait's Princess."
The Internet

+ - The battle for control of the Internet

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes ""We may argue again and again whether the Internet is changing our brains, elevating us, lowering us, making us smarter, or making us stupid. But at the end of the day, it seems the real argument is about control — who has it, who shares it, and who wants it." What people who worry about the internet are really worried about."

+ - Army officers ordered massacre in Tahrir Square

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes "The senior Egyptian army officers currently ruling Egypt as a military dictatorship ordered the wholesale slaughter of the thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square. Robert Fisk writes that "Mubarak ordered the Egyptian Third Army to crush the demonstrators in Tahrir Square with their tanks after flying F-16 fighter bombers at low level over the protesters [on 30 January]", but when tank commanders on the ground received the orders from senior military officers they instead called their own families for advice. "Fathers who had spent their lives serving the Egyptian army told their sons to disobey, that they must never kill their own people.""

+ - Why does slashdot not work in Safari?

Submitted by Weezul
Weezul (52464) writes "If you post comments on slashdot using safari, your spelling best be impeccable, as left click simply won't pull up the Mac OS X contextual menu with spelling corrections. Why does this happen? Is there some css we may force upon slashdot that'll correct matters?"

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