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Submission + - New York Judge Rules Against Facebook In Search Warrant Case->

itwbennett writes: Last year, Facebook appealed a court decision requiring it to hand over data, including photos and private messages, relating to 381 user accounts. (Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, among other companies backed Facebook in the dispute). On Tuesday, Judge Dianne Renwick of the New York State Supreme Court ruled against Facebook, saying that Facebook has no legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of search warrants served on its users.
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Submission + - Skype Translate has a filthy mouth

An anonymous reader writes: Skype Translate was supposed to be Microsoft's attempt at the "Star Trek" universal translator, offering real-time voice and text translation. It launched with one of the most challenging of languages, Chinese. And apparently, thanks to the Great Firewall, it has its problems. An American expat using it in China said 'It's nice to talk to you' was translated as 'It's f*cking nice to f*ck you,' and other synthesized profanity.

Submission + - Belgian government phishing test goes off-track->

alphadogg writes: An IT security drill went off the tracks in Belgium, prompting a regional government office to apologize to European high-speed train operator Thalys for involving it without warning. Belgium’s Flemish regional government sent a mock phishing email to about 20,000 of its employees to see how they would react. Hilarity and awkwardness ensued, with some employees contacting Thalys directly to complain, and others contacting the cops...
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Comment Very interesting questions (Score 1) 550 550

And answers.

Since I know what comments tend to be, I'm not going to read the rest of the responses however.

But having had an ex-wife who was in IT and a roommate who was a female gamer and programmer, and working with a lot of women at a professional level in STEM fields, I know it's sadly true how poisonous things are.

Some days I miss when USE*NET was real people's accounts, before we let you trolls in. The good old days of the flame wars.

Submission + - Flash on Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: Why the hell in this day and age is Slashdot pushing flash video? Are you still run by awesome geeks, or have brain-dead zombie suits taken over the operation?

Submission + - Google Sees Long, Expensive Road Ahead For Quantum Computing->

An anonymous reader writes: According to Google's Yamamoto, a set of problems based on what are called combinatorial optimizations can potentially be solved better by a quantum computer than by a digital system. Some examples of combinatorial optimization problems include protein folding, frequency distribution in wireless communication, microprocessor design, page ranking in social networks, and various machine learning algorithms. No direct quantum algorithms have been found for these tough problems, and that means, as Yamamoto put it, as the problem size increases, the computational time to do those calculations scales exponentially.
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Submission + - Should consumers control privacy in the Internet of Everything era?

Lemeowski writes: Who is responsible for ensuring security and privacy in the age of the Internet of Things? As the number of Internet-connected devices explodes — Gartner estimates that 25 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020 — security and privacy issues are poised to affect everyone from families with connected refrigerators to grandparents with healthcare wearables. In this interview, U.S. Federal Communications Commission CIO David Bray says control should be put in the hands of individual consumers. Speaking in a personal capacity, Bray shares his learnings from a recent educational trip to Taiwan and Australia he took as part of an Eisenhower Fellowship: “A common idea Bray discussed with leaders during his Eisenhower Fellowship was that the interface for selecting privacy preferences should move away from individual Internet platforms and be put into the hands of individual consumers.” Bray says it could be done through an open source agent that uses APIs to broker their privacy preferences on different platforms.

Submission + - The Lone Gunmen are not dead->

He Who Has No Name writes: It may have been one of Slashdot's most memorable front-page gaffes, but apparently there's no harm and no foul — because the Lone Gunmen are set to ride again in the X-Files return. Comicbook.com reports, "The Lone Gunmen, the X-Files' trio of conspiracy theorists, are set to appear in Fox’s six-episode event. The three characters were played by Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood. Haglund, who played the gunman “Ringo,” confirmed his and his compatriots’ return on Twitter today." We'll see how see how series creator Chris Carter handles their apparently greatly-exaggerated demise, and whether the explanation used in the print comics comes into play.
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Submission + - New rice variety could feed the planet without warming it->

sciencehabit writes: A new type of genetically modified (GM) rice might significantly lessen the impact of agriculture on the climate. The plant, equipped with DNA from barley, emits as little as 1% of the methane—a powerful greenhouse gas—of a conventional variety, while also producing more rice. Experts say the approach has great potential for boosting food sustainability, but requires more research to check whether the new rice performs well in paddies and fields.
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Submission + - Autism rates are up, but is the disease really on the rise?->

sciencehabit writes: The number of U.S. school children placed in special education programs due to autism more than tripled from 2000 to 2010, to nearly 420,000. But a new study argues much of that increase likely came as educators swapped one diagnosis for another. The overall percentage of kids diagnosed with a collection of brain development problems that includes autism remained unchanged, suggesting that children who used to be labeled with conditions such as “intellectual disability” were in fact autistic.
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