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+ - Pilot error caused Air Algerie crash ..->

An anonymous reader writes: 'Two judges .. found the "failure to activate the anti-icing system" of the plane's motors was the main cause of the crash .. the McDonnell Douglas 83 jet ran into trouble after the crew did not activate the system, causing the failure of certain sensors.'

"As of February 2013, the MD-80 series has been involved in 61 incidents, including 31 hull-loss accidents, with 1,330 fatalities of occupants." ref

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+ - Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Most Odd Hardware Hack?

An anonymous reader writes: Another Slashdotter once asked what kind of things someone can power with an external USB battery. I have a followup along those lines: what kind of modifications have you made to your gadgets to do things that they were never meant to do? Consider old routers, cell phones, monitors, etc. that have absolutely no use or value anymore in their intended form. What can you do with them? Have you ever done something stupid and damaged your electronics?

+ - Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can't Dogfight->

schwit1 writes: A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can't turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy's own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn't even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet's cramped cockpit. "The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft." That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him.

The test pilot's report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35 — which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history's most expensive weapon.

Your tax dollars at work.

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+ - Taiwan water park powder explosion injures hundreds->

bswarm writes: More than 500 people were injured when fire ripped through crowds at a party at an amusement park outside Taiwan's capital Taipei.
Saturday's incident at the Formosa Water Park is believed to have happened when a coloured powder ignited after being discharged onto the crowd.
Apparently they forgot about the fire hazards of fine powder or dust.

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+ - IRS Deleted Hundreds of Back-up Tapes Containing Thousands of Lerner Emails

RoccamOccam writes: According to new information from the House Oversight Committee, the IRS deleted hundreds of backup tapes containing thousands of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative-targeting scandal. The tapes were destroyed nine months after a congressional subpoena was issued to the agency demanding they be preserved and turned over.

+ - I guess it's a scoop if ...

tkjtkj writes: if i'm the only one complaining about /. 's pages ..
1) Lately, 1 or 2 'cartoon-type' balloons appear at ends of article topic listings .. Normally ok, BUT for fact that if the title is long enough, the nearly-useless ballons completely conver/obvuscate the end text of the title!
2) I come to an article and there's no way to comment .. Just what is going on?

+ - Monsanto Develops First Genetically Modified Strain of Marijuana->

schwit1 writes: Monsanto has announced it has patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana. Global AgInvesting reports that the news has been welcomed by scientists and leaders of the agriculture business alike as a move forward towards the industrial use of marijuana and hemp products could bring a major shift towards marijuana policies in the U.S.A. and ultimately, to the world.

Under present U.S. federal law, it is illegal to possess, use, buy, sell, or cultivate marijuana, since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, although it has been decriminalized to some extent in certain states, Monsanto's interest in the field has been interpreted by experts as the precursor to "a major shift in marijuana policy in the U.S." as it is believed the company would not have invested so much time and energy if it had not had "previous knowledge" of the Federal government's "openness" towards the future legalization of marijuana.

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+ - Restaurateur settles after being extorted by BMI-> 1 1

Frosty Piss writes: BMI claims Amici III in Linden, New York didn't have a license when it played four tunes in its eatery one night last year, including the beloved “Bennie and the Jets” and “Brown Sugar,” winning a $24,000 judgment earlier this year, as well as more than $8,200 in attorney’s fees. Giovanni Lavorato, who has been in business for 25 years, says the disc jockey DJ brought into the eatery paid a fee to play tunes. 'It’s ridiculous for me to pay somebody also,' he said. 'This is not a nightclub. This is not a disco joint . . . How many times do they want to get paid for the stupid music?'
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+ - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge->

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

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+ - Home Depot using 2013 SCOTUS FISA Ruling to Challenge Data Breach Damages Suit->

chicksdaddy writes: As Citizens United and Bush v. Gore have shown us: there's no end to the trouble ( that can be caused by bad Supreme Court rulings. The latest example of that may be unfolding in an Atlanta courtroom, where Home improvement giant Home Depot is attempting to use a 2013 Supreme Court ruling concerning the U.S. government’s FISA court to block efforts by its customers to sue the company over damages ( resulting from a 2014 incident that resulted in the theft of more than 50 million credit card numbers ( from the company’s network.

Huh? Exactly. Home Depot in late May filed a motion ( ) asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to dismiss the case, citing Clapper vs. Amnesty International, a 2013 case in which Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue the Federal Government, as they couldn’t prove harm as a result of the actions of the secretive court.(

Home Depot’s argument rests on a couple points that were also raised in the Clapper vs. Amnesty case. First: that there is no real harm caused because “the few plaintiffs who allege some economic harm fail to explain why the losses they allege were not reimbursed.” That’s an apparent reference to the U.S. law that requires consumers to not be held liable for fraudulent charges on their credit cards. That, Home Depot argues, fails the Supreme Court’s charge, in Clapper, that alleged injuries must be “concrete, particularized, and actual or imminent.”

The second point made by Home Depot is that the individuals who claim they were injured base their claims on “the hypothetical future acts of third parties, which the Supreme Court held in Clapper is insufficient to establish Article III standing because such conduct is not ‘fairly traceable’ to the defendant.”

In other words: even though it is clear that cyber criminals 1) compromised Home Depot’s network, 2) stole credit cards on millions of its customers and 3) foist those numbers upon cyber criminal exchanges after which they were used for fraudulent purposes (, the plaintiffs in the case can’t prove that Home Depot’s failure to secure its network was the direct cause of the fraud. The plaintiffs “statutory claims fail because they have not identified any deceptive act by Home Depot and do not allege any actual damage flowing from Home Depot’s purported delay in providing notice.”

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+ - Pornhub is going to make a porn film in space->

schwit1 writes: In one small thrust for man and one giant leap for mankind, two people are set to have sex in space for the first time in human history, but for porn not procreation — Pornhub is crowdfunding a space mission to shoot an adult film in low-Earth orbit.

The site hopes to launch the mission and shoot Sexplorations in 2016, covering the pre and post-production costs itself but seeking $3.4 million from IndieGogo crowdfunders.

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