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+ - Eric Holder Says Justice Department Could Strike Deal With Edward Snowden->

cold fjord writes: Yahoo reports, "Former Attorney General Eric Holder said today that a “possibility exists” for the Justice Department to cut a deal with ... Edward Snowden that would allow him to return to the United States ... Holder said “we are in a different place as a result of the Snowden disclosures” and that “his actions spurred a necessary debate” that prompted President Obama and Congress to change policies ... “I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with. I think the possibility exists.” ... Melanie Newman, chief spokeswoman for Attorney General Loretta Lynch ... immediately shot down the idea ... “This is an ongoing case so I am not going to get into specific details but I can say our position regarding bringing Edward Snowden back to the United States to face charges has not changed,” ... Robert Litt, the chief counsel to Director of National Intelligence ... recently privately floated the idea that the government might be open to a plea bargain in which Snowden returns to the United States, pleads guilty to one felony count and receives a prison sentence of three to five years in exchange for full cooperation with the government. ... Litt has made clear to Snowden’s representatives that “nothing is going to happen unless he comes in and moves off this idea, ‘I’m entitled to a medal.’” ... Snowden’s lawyer, said any felony plea by Snowden that results in prison time would be unacceptable to his client. ... any suggestion of leniency toward Snowden would likely run into strong political opposition in Congress as well as fierce resistance from hard-liners in the intelligence community who remain outraged over his wholesale disclosure of highly classified government documents. "
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Comment: Re:So, what does that mean if it is true? (Score 1) 83 83

Regardless of the extent to which everyone gets a six-figure bonus rather than jail, any company publicly associated with this is gonna lose market share. Let's hope there's some kind of mainstream reporting of the details along the lines of 'look what these corrupt fuckers are up to again, *sigh*'

+ - Data roaming charges to end in the EU

AmiMoJo writes: Mobile phone users in the EU will see an end to roaming charges within two years. From April 2016 charges will be reduced by around 75%, followed by a full ban in June 2017. The rules also enshrine net neutrality, although with some caveats. The president of the ALDE group, Guy Verhofstadt, said the "great roaming rip-off" was to be brought to an end.

+ - Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization?->

turkeydance writes: What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being automated. That's because it's ranked high in cleverness, negotiation, and helping others. The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers. No surprise; it's already happening.

The researchers admit that these estimates are rough and likely to be wrong. But consider this a snapshot of what some smart people think the future might look like. If it says your job will likely be replaced by a machine, you've been warned.

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Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media 166 166

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Orange County, Florida, is undertaking a sweeping effort to snoop on the social media communications of the county's public school students and staff, for the nebulous task of "[ensuring] safe school operations," and say they will use the software (at a license cost of about $13,000 per year) "to conduct routine monitoring for purposes of prevention or early intervention of potential issues where students or staff could be at risk to themselves or to others." The software they're using is from Snaptrends, which offers "location-based social media discovery." According to one of the comments attached to the linked story, there are monthly fees, in addition to the annual licensing cost.

Comment: Re:It's 1930s retro! (Score 4, Informative) 184 184

Your mode of life will be changed to EBCDIC.