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Submission + - How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name (

bricko writes: For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong

Gone are the fundamental principles of good design: discoverability, feedback, recovery, and so on. Instead, Apple has, in striving for beauty, created fonts that are so small or thin, coupled with low contrast, that they are difficult or impossible for many people with normal vision to read. We have obscure gestures that are beyond even the developer’s ability to remember. We have great features that most people don’t realize exist.

Submission + - Islamic terrorist communcate via Playstation 4 (

bricko writes: Belgium’s home affairs minister says ISIL communicates using Playstation 4

Jambon also reportedly warned of the growing use by terror networks of the PlayStation 4 gaming console, which allows terrorists to communicate with each other and is difficult for the authorities to monitor. “PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp,” he said.

The gaming console also was implicated in ISIL’s plans back in June, when an Austrian teen was arrested for downloading bomb plans to his PS4.

Submission + - Feminists Are Trying To Frame Linus Torvalds For Sexual Assault (

bricko writes: Feminists Are Trying To Frame Linus Torvalds For Sexual Assault, Claims Open Source Industry Veteran

Feminists in tech have been staging attempted “honey traps” to frame prominent male software developers for sexual assault, according to explosive claims on the blog of Eric S. Raymond, a pioneer of the open source movement. In allegations that will rock the world of software development, prominent targets included Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel

Raymond quoted excerpts from an online chat with a trusted source, who told him that the Ada Inititiative, a recently-discontinued feminist advocacy group in tech, was trying to “collect scalps” by concocting charges of attempted sexual assault against male software developers.

Submission + - Chip & Pin credit cards already hacked-bypassed (

bricko writes: French fraudsters took advantage of a long-known but theoretical vulnerability in chip-and-PIN systems to execute what the researchers describe as a “man-in-the-middle” attack that takes advantage of how cards and card readers communicate. When a buyer inserts his or her card and enters a PIN, the card reader queries the card’s chip as to whether the PIN is correct. A fraudulent chip can listen for that query and pre-empt the real chip with its own answer: a “yes” signal regardless of whatever random PIN the fraudster has entered.

Submission + - Feds say stop making computers for men, feminist gender theory is must (

bricko writes: Approaches to designing for women are questionable when viewed in light of feminist theory,” the grant continued. “Feminist scholars argue that the lack of women in computing further discourages women from pursuing programming-related careers, and that women are also excluded because technologies created by men better address male needs.”

The research will also explore “gender and technical identities” and the belief that computer system designs “alienate women.”

“The PI believes the problem lies not only in who is excluded but in that the design processes inherently alienate women,” the grant said. “Her approach is to address the problem by bridging previously unrelated aspects of the learning sciences, human-computer interaction, and the science and technology studies of gender, which will be combined with findings from a multi-year ethnographic study to acquire a deep understanding of how girls co-construct their gender and technical identities, how technologies come to be associated with one gender or the other, and how this affects girls’ career choices.”

The study has cost taxpayers $345,019 so far.

The project will teach middle and high school girls to “create technologies in keeping with their gender identity.”

Apparently this is a real thing

Submission + - Entire Sea Level "increase" based on ONE measure (

bricko writes: One scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else in the world it is the Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change.

One of his most shocking discoveries was why the IPCC has been able to show sea levels rising by 2.3mm a year. Until 2003, even its own satellite-based evidence showed no upward trend. But suddenly the graph tilted upwards because the IPCC's favoured experts had drawn on the finding of a single tide-gauge in Hong Kong harbour showing a 2.3mm rise. The entire global sea-level projection was then adjusted upwards by a "corrective factor" of 2.3mm, because, as the IPCC scientists admitted, they "needed to show a trend".

  Despite fluctuations down as well as up, "the sea is not rising," he says. "It hasn't risen in 50 years." If there is any rise this century it will "not be more than 10cm (four inches), with an uncertainty of plus or minus 10cm". And quite apart from examining the hard evidence, he says, the elementary laws of physics (latent heat needed to melt ice) tell us that the apocalypse conjured up by
Al Gore and Co could not possibly come about.

The reason why Dr Mörner, formerly a Stockholm professor, is so certain that these claims about sea level rise are 100 per cent wrong is that they are all based on computer model predictions, whereas his findings are based on "going into the field to observe what is actually happening in the real world".

Submission + - Naomi Klein finally admits Climate Change has never been about science. (

bricko writes: Liberal writer Naomi Klein’s new book on the environment, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. The mask of Marxism is off. Klein admits progressive policies on the environment are really about what Marx and Lenin said the communist revolution desired 100 years ago — the overthrow of capitalism. This is not about science, or health, at all. “Our economic model is at war with the Earth,” writes Klein. “We cannot change the laws of nature. But we can change our economy. Climate change is our best chance to demand and build a better world.” Climate change has never been about science, only another attempt at Marxist upheaval.

Submission + - H1b scam exposed (

bricko writes: For example, in Silicon Valley the prevailing wage for a programmer is $93,891. However, an employer can legally pay an H-1B worker $57,179. An employer can save $36,000 a year by going H-1B. It is no wonder that H-1B workers are concentrated in high-wage locations of the country.

Replacing Americans with H-1B workers has been going on at least since 1994.

In 1998, Congress responded explicitly by making it legal for employers to replace Americans with H-1B workers.

New book exposing the whole thing coming out soon

Submission + - Massive Win 10 ONE DRIVE bug after SP1 update causing all loss of permissions (

bricko writes: Bug in recent update to Win 10 One Drive causing massive loss of Permissions which are all reset. No ability to open or save programs.

No response from MS

This is a OneDrive specific bug that has system-wide implications, the security permissions affect sharing, and potentially any files or programs that save to, are stored in, or dependent on the users personal files or folders. This includes all games, all Office programs, email programs, photos, browsers, personal settings and of course ANYTHING one would try to store in the affected folders.

Comment One Drive removing all permissions - big issue (Score 0) 203

Another big issue being talked over on Answer site, Gabe Aul and others have aknowledges it and working on it on their Triage teams. One Drive disables all being able to save to files, no permissions, all changed to read only. Cant open apps, says No permissions.

Submission + - Noberl Prize winner admits lying about melting Glaciers-purely political (

bricko writes: The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.

The claim that Himalayan glaciers are set to disappear by 2035 rests on two 1999 magazine interviews with glaciologist Syed Hasnain, which were then recycled without any further investigation in a 2005 report by the environmental campaign group WWF

Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.

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