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Submission + - France launches second salvo against facebook (liberation.fr)

Eunuchswear writes: After Mondays decision by the French CNIL (National Center for Computers and Freedom) that Facebook must stop tracking non-users the DGCCRF (General Direction for Competition, Consumption and Repression of Fraud), has ruled that Facebooks terms of use are abusive and must be changed within 60 days. The Facebook page of the DGCCRF is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ALERTES-PRESSE-DGCCRF/174644682627095?fref=ts

Comment It's hard to stop a 2 x 4 (Score 0) 108

"Therefore, balancing calories in to Calories out is not so stupidly simple as it seems to the underweight layperson "

Using my impressive array of mental superpowers, I predict that fatties will use this as an excuse for not exercising.


Using my impressive powers again, I predict hilarious fat jokes will be forthcoming in this very thread.

Submission + - And this, boys and girls, is why online vigilantism is a terrible idea (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: I've written recently about the dangers of online vigilantes infringing on the free speech of others. Anonymous is one of the biggest offenders in this department, but there are numerous hacking groups that — under the banner of fighting one evil or another — take the law of the web into their own hands without a thought for the consequences.

Online vigilantes stir up populist support by throwing around the keywords associated with the enemy of the moment — terrorists, ISIS, racists, fascists, communists, socialists, pedophiles. All very emotive issues, but vigilantism can all too easily get out of hand. This has just been demonstrated perfectly by YouTube star Keemstar who took it upon himself to expose a 62-year-old pedophile online through his DramaAlert podcast. The only problem is that he and his team got the wrong man.

Submission + - Universities and companies using them not subject to H1B visa caps (breitbart.com) 1

KindMind writes: A Breitbart article documents that universities (and companies working with them) are not subject to the H1B visa caps. From the article: "... universities and many allied name-brand companies have quietly imported an extra workforce of at least 100,000 lower-wage foreign professionals in place of higher-wage American graduates, above the supposed annual cap of 85,000 new H-1Bs. Less than one-sixth of these extra 100,000 outsourced hires are the so-called high-tech computer experts that dominate media coverage of the contentious H-1B private-sector outsourcing debate."

Comment Re:Censorship isn't limited to governments. (Score 1) 214

Yes, I'd say it's a re-occurring "coincidence" that the accomplished and successful ones never place the blame on "everyone-but-me" (or, in this day and age, "the-patriarchy-wherein-all-collaborate-in-secret-to-keep-me-down-because-I'm-a-special-snowflake"). Maybe it's because they were taught to "get up, dust yourself off, and try again" instead of "cry a lot, get an adult to do it for you". Whatever the reason, it's obvious that there is no pandemic of inequity. Perhaps one should instead look to things like merit, attitude, and performance?

That's also funny, because 'merit' is nowadays considered hate-speech by certain people (and the 'meritocracy' rug was removed from Reddit HQ as it was considered "triggering" and "excluding" by the same type of certain people).

Maybe I'm jaded because I've been raised by people that never blamed "everyone-but-me" for their own failures, or because in my workplace everyone lives and breathes "get up and try again (or get your grants pulled and be fired)". Regardless, it seems that the ones competent enough to 'do' are managing just fine without placing the responsibility of their own well-being onto everyone else.

Comment Re:Censorship isn't limited to governments. (Score 1) 214

Funny how you complain about people being young and childish, and then act that way yourself.

Randi Harper is gainfully employed on the board of directors of a non-profit.

She founded it herself, and it's stacked only with other professional victims. Her "gainful employment" consists of begging for money on Twitter.

Periods of inactivity on open source projects does not disqualify someone from being a developer.

It kinda does since a developer is a job position, and a job requires that you 'do' stuff. Thus, Randi might qualify as a professional victim, or a beggar, but not as someone that actually develops.

Your dismissal of complaints about being unable to advance don't address any of the points being made. You seem to be arguing that because you peaked the same reasons must apply to everyone else, which is absurd.

He argues that reality applies to all of us. You seem to disagree. This reminds me of a recent South Park episode on safe spaces.

Wu's game was widely praised by critics. Your superficial critique of the visual style suggests you haven't played it.

Seriously? Come on, no one actually believes that. Not even Wu herself.

The "critics" that reviewed her game wanted to signal what side of the debate they were on. The reviews were more about Wu than the game.
Heh, now that I look for it on Steam, it seems to have been pulled. Maybe it was too "good" for Steam, eh?

Comment Sounds familiar (Score 1) 84

Heh, I've used all of those except 'amazing' in almost every paper I've written (and the few times I missed an opportunity, someone else suggested I add them in). It really is important to note that your stuff is super-mega-new (novel/innovative/unprecedented/modern/current/concomitant to something else that is new) and that it does something radical.

Some even show this 'radical'ness by using completely irrelevant measurements for their comparisons with established mainstream algorithms/procedures. It's pretty fucking low, but they do get published, and getting published means your chances of research grants increase...

I have never used 'amazing' though. My mother taught me that describing myself or my work with 'amazing' may come off as mildly narcissistic.

Submission + - "Upgrade to Windows 10" prompt no longer has a "No" option (softpedia.com)

LichtSpektren writes: True to their word, Microsoft has now aggressively resumed pushing Windows 10 to users of Win7 and 8.1. In fact, the "Get Windows 10" (GWX) program no longer offers a "No" button: only "Upgrade now" and "Start download, upgrade later" (of course, Windows already silently downloaded the files [see here: http://tech.slashdot.org/story... ], so the question is superfluous).

Submission + - Torrent Sites Earned $70M After Dropping Malware On Visitors (softpedia.com)

jones_supa writes: One in three torrent sites is spreading malware, claims a recent joint report from Digital Citizens Alliance and RiskIQ, which compiled data from over 800 sites. Most of the time, the sites expose visitors to drive-by attacks that silently download malicious files on computers without any user interaction. These types of attacks are usually carried out through malvertising campaigns. It turns out that this is actually a good business for the operators of the pirate sites: depending on traffic, they can make between $200 and $5,000 per day. In total it is estimated that this type of covert agreements between malware distributors and pirate site operators has pocketed the latter an $70 million per year.

Submission + - No Child Left Behind Replacement: More CS Opportunities for All But White Boys?

theodp writes: Microsoft is celebrating the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act, which President Obama signed into law Thursday. "This legislation," explains Microsoft VP/lobbyist Fred Humphries, "will increase access to STEM and computer science learning nationwide and will advance some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy. And its passage comes at a unique time during Computer Science Education Week, which is intended to highlight the importance of computer science education" (during CsEdWeek 2014, Humphries looked on as President Obama 'learned to code'). But, what Microsoft doesn't mention is that the No Child Left Behind Act replacement may leave at least some groups of children behind when it comes to the new CS/STEM opportunities. From page 176 of the 391-page Every Student Succeeds Act (pdf): "Each local educational agency, or consortium of such agencies, that receives an allocation under section 4105(a) shall use a portion of such funds to develop and implement programs and activities that support access to a well-rounded education and that...may include programs and activities, such as...programming and activities to improve instruction and student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science, (referred to in this section as ‘STEM subjects’) such as-(i) increasing access for students through grade 12 who are members of groups underrepresented in such subject fields, such as female students, minority students, English learners, children with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students, to high quality courses." And if that wordsmithery means you'll be seeing fewer White boys in CS, well that would seem to advance some of the goals outlined Thursday in Google's CS Education in Media Strategy!

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