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+ - ISIS threatens life of Twitter founder after thousands of account suspensions->

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill (3863175) writes "After a wave of account bannings that marks Twitter's most aggressive move ever against ISIS, new images circulated from militants shows founder Jack Dorsey in crosshairs with the caption "Twitter, you started this war." The famously tech-savy ISIS has met a number of defeats on American-built social media recently with sites like Twitter and YouTube banning the group's efforts in unprecedented numbers."
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Comment: Re:The law makes no allowances for irony. (Score 1) 102

by BarbaraHudson (#49161641) Attached to: Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues For Use of Image

If you remember, the monkey couldn't claim copyright because monkeys have no standing to claim copyright.

As for getting a DMCA takedown notice, I've been threatened a couple of times in the past, and basically told them to go pee up a rope. DMCA only works in the US :-)

As for the NFL, who cares? Not me, that's for sure. But the NFL's over-broad copyright claims have not been upheld by the courts.

+ - Ask SD: How do you handle the discovery of a web site disclosing private data?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I recently discovered that a partner web site of a financial institution I do business with makes it trivially easy to view documents that do not belong to me. As in, change the document ID in a URL and view someone else's financial documents. This requires no authentication, only a document URL. (Think along the lines of an online rebate center where you upload documents including credit card statements.) I immediately called customer service and spoke with a perplexed agent who unsurprisingly didn't know what to do with my call. I asked to speak with a supervisor who took good notes and promised a follow-up internally. I asked for a return call but have not yet heard back. In the meantime, I still have private financial information I consider to be publicly available. I'm trying to be responsible and patient in my handling of this, but I am second guessing how to move forward if not quickly resolved. So, Slashdot, how would you handle this situation?"

+ - Virgin Media censors talk of "bufferbloat" on their discussion forums->

Submitted by mtaht
mtaht (603670) writes "Given that bufferbloat is now fixed by fq_codel and the sqm-scripts for anyone that cares to install openwrt and derivatives on their home routers (or use any random linux box for the job), AND standardization efforts for the relevant algorithms near completion in the IETF, I went and posted a short, helpful message about how to fix it on a bufferbloat-related thread on Virgin Media's cable modems... And they deleted the post, and banned my IP... for "advertising". I know I could post again via another IP, and try to get them to correct their mistake, but it is WAY more fun to try to annoy them into more publically acknowledging their enormous bufferbloat problems and to release a schedule for their fixes. Naturally I figured the members of slashdot could help out Virgin and their customers understand their bufferbloat problems better. My explanations of how they can fix their bufferbloat, are now, here."
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+ - Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links->

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "From NewScientist:
Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. "A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy," says the team ( The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.

The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings."

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+ - Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Today, at Mobile World Congress, Samsung took the veil off of its much-anticipated Galaxy S6, and also the Galaxy S6 edge. As has been heavily rumored, the S6 foregoes the plastic shell of its predecessor and integrates metal and glass instead, resulting in a far more premium feel, a thickness of 6.8mm, and a weight of 138g on the normal S6 and 132g on the edge. Samsung made it a point to mention that the metal it uses in the S6 is 50% stronger than other smartphones- a Apple bendgate jab, perhaps? Both the S6 and S6 edge share the same hardware, which includes a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. That gives us a resolution of 2560x1440, and a high pixel density of 577 ppi. The new phones also include an octa-core processor (2.1GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad), 3GB of DDR4 memory, and LTE cat 6 (300/50Mbps) support. Also of note is the phone's rear 16 megapixel f/1.9 camera, which Samsung says will launch in less than a second (0.6 seconds, to be exact). The front camera is no slouch either, also boasting an aperture of f/1.9, and coming in at 5 megapixels. The company says that the phone can add 4 hours of battery-life after a mere 10 minutes of charging, and when compared to the iPhone, it charges up to full in half the time. The S6 also has built-in wireless charging as well."
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Comment: Re:Troll Bait (Score 2) 4

by BarbaraHudson (#49159619) Attached to: A simple question on climate change: heat of fusion of ice

No, I could not. I've got better things to do than to try to repeat the research of other people who know their subject areas better than I will ever learn them.

Translation of "No, I could not. I've got better things to do than to try to repeat the research" - I'm too lazy to even attempt a back-of-the-envelope calculation.

Also, the value of the heat absorbed in melting isn't relevant - if the ice is melting, it's obvious the environment the ice is in is getting more energy than it can absorb without changing states from solid to liquid.

Comment: Re:The law makes no allowances for irony. (Score 1) 102

by BarbaraHudson (#49159597) Attached to: Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues For Use of Image

if you do a photo shoot with a model you ask them for a model release (right to use their image)

You still own the copyright of the image. How you can use it is another matter. THAT is why you get a release. You have the right to limit copies to just the one you have - the model cannot say "hey, I like that picture of me - I want it to sell to a magazine." She would need a waiver from you, or, better yet, a copyright assignment.

Comment: Re:this is one more reason (Score 1) 129

by BarbaraHudson (#49159575) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega
His satirical post raised a seemingly valid point. Since when are people "f*cking morons" for addressing it? See, for example, George Carlin's 7 words you can't say on TV, and how the list is out of date because at least half of them are not bleeped out in, say, news interviews on the 6 o'clock news.

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