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+ - LinkedIn spam lawsuit can continue->

Submitted by Charliemopps
Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A lawsuit filed in September 2013 in the Northern District of California alleged that LinkedIn mislead its users about the number of times it would attempted to invite their contacts using their name. LinkedIn tried to get the suit dismissed but Thursday Judge Lucy Koh ruled the suit can continue."
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+ - Court records reveal moment society became more civilized->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Trial transcripts from London’s oldest court, the Old Bailey, chronicle 239 years of criminal history ranging from scandalous murders to sheep theft. A research team wondered if these documents reflect Western society’s “civilizing process,” a centuries-long period when violence levels plummeted and the modern justice system took shape. To find out, the team analyzed more than 20 million words of testimony recorded during trials held at the Old Bailey, illustrated above, between 1760 and 1913. The researchers crunched the frequency of different words used to describe violent and nonviolent crimes, such as synonyms of “blood,” “stab,” and “strike.” The language used during violent and nonviolent trials was nearly indistinguishable prior to the end of the 18th century, the team reports . During this period, references to knives and blood were almost as common in trials for stolen silk handkerchiefs as for vicious murders. During the early 1800s, the researchers observed an emerging distinction between the two crime types, reflecting society’s changing tone toward even mild violence. The team says the results showcase how public perception can spark major changes in government and society."
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+ - GOP Voters to be Targeted by "Pissed Off" Data Scientists

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes ""We are excited to announce that and Hackers/Founders are joining forces to host the 'DEBUG DC' Growthathon on June 21st & June 22nd," reads the blog over at, the PAC whose Founders and Major Contributors include current and former CEOs from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn. "This is a unique opportunity to push the envelope in online advocacy for immigration reform." The blog entry explains, "The machine of government is wedged, and is in desperate need of debugging. How do we DEBUG DC? Step One: Target critical legislative districts. Step Two: Data mine these districts to find registered voters who are registered Republicans who we think are likely to support immigration reform. Step Three: Growth hack ways to motivate these people to effectively engage their legislators to tell them they want them to call for a vote on immigration reform. Step Four: Measure results. Step Five: Iterate." The Eventbrite invitation for the event includes a call for Data Scientists who are "pissed off about immigration and want to fix it," are "well versed in statistics and data analysis," and can "infer voter sentiment from sparse data." So, how does this jibe with the outrage expressed by the supporters' companies over unauthorized government surveillance?"

+ - US Government OKs Sale Of Sharper Satellite Images->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "The U.S. government has lifted a long-standing restriction that meant companies like Google and Microsoft didn't have access to the most accurate pictures taken by imaging satellites. Satellite operator DigitalGlobe said that it received approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce this week to sell sharper images to its clients. Until now, satellite operators like DigitalGlobe were prevented by law from selling images to foreign or commercial organizations in which features smaller than 50 centimeters were visible. The restriction was meant to ensure that foreign powers didn't get access to satellite images that were too good."
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+ - No Cell Phone Tracking Without Warrant->

Submitted by kodiaktau
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before tracking cell phones. The court ruled on a case involving violent crimes committed by Quartavius Davis, who was convicted using tracking records collected over 67 days. Prosecutors showed evidence that 11,606 location points, including recorded calls and location of towers was enough to determine the Davis' whereabouts. Defense attorneys cited 4th Amendment rights of privacy were violated in the warrantless search.

The police originally got authority to use a "D-Order", which allows them to gather records and is easier to obtain than a subpoena. In Judge Sentell's opinion paper, he notes, that the police effectively did an end-run around typical requests for this information. Choosing to treat the request as on-going investigative data instead of the precedent set in previous cases. The judge goes on to say, " cannot be denied that the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures shields the people from the warrantless interception of electronic data or sound waves carrying communications." His follow-on argument suggests that by using the location information the police gathered and the manner in which they gathered it is effectively monitoring an individual, which does require a warrant.

Davis was still found guilty, but the court effectively put law-enforcement on notice about the manner in which is obtains this data for future cases."

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+ - Microsoft runs out of US IPv4 addresses->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "IPv4 address space has been fully assigned in the United States, meaning there is no additional IPv4 address space available. This requires Microsoft to use the IPv4 address space available to us globally for the addressing of new services. The result is that we will have to use IPv4 address space assigned to a non-US region to address services which may be in a US region. It is not possible to transfer registration because the IP space is allocated to the registration authorities by Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.

At times your service may appear to be hosted in a non-US location.

Service and Data are located where deployed

It is important to note that the IP address registration authority does not equate to IP address physical location (i.e., you can have an IP address registered in Brazil but allocated to a device or service physically located in Virginia). Thus when you deploy to a U.S. region, your service is still hosted in U.S. and your customer data will remain in the U.S. as detailed in our Trust Center:

We are currently working with a few major IP geo-location database companies to update the location of these IPs which should help alleviate the issues this may be causing."

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+ - NASA's Budget 'Victory' is Anything But

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Earlier this week, attempts to cut NASA's budget were defeated, and it looks like the largest space agency in the world will actually be getting nearly a 2% budget increase overall. While common news outlets are touting this as a great budget victory, the reality is that this is shaping up to be just another year of pathetic funding levels, putting our greatest dreams of exploring and understanding the Universe on hold. A sobering read for anyone who hasn't realized what we could be doing."

AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming 321

Posted by timothy
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reifman (786887) writes 'Last week, AT&T shut down my data service after I turned roaming on in Canada for one minute to check Google maps. I wasn't able to connect successfully but they reported my phone burned through 50 MB and that I owed more than $750. Google maps generally require 1.3 MB per cell. They adamantly refused to reactivate my U.S. data service unless I 'agreed' to purchase an international data roaming package to cover the usage. They eventually reversed the charges but it seems that the company's billing system had bundled my U.S. data usage prior to the border crossing with the one minute of international data roaming.'

+ - How Florida cops went door to door with fake cell device to find one man-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "In the early morning hours of September 13, 2008, a woman notified the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) that she had been raped and that her purse, containing her mobile phone, had been stolen. Within 24 hours, the Florida capital’s police had contacted Verizon and obtained real-time ping information, which gave the police a “general area” where they might find the phone and thus, hopefully, the perpetrator of the crime. But that general area still covered plenty of ground—where exactly was the phone? ... After learning the phone's general location, Tallahassee cops deployed a vehicle-mounted stingray and cruised the streets. Verizon had already provided them with the phone's unique IMSI identifier, which told the stingray exactly which handset to track. (“Stingray” is a trademarked product manufactured by Florida-based Harris Corporation, though it has since come to be used as a generic term, like Xerox or Kleenex.) ...

Eventually, Corbitt and his colleagues detected the phone inside apartment 251, the residence of a woman who was also hosting her boyfriend, the suspect James Thomas. Officers knocked on the door; when it opened, one inserted his foot in the opening to keep it from being closed again. Police then conducted a "protective sweep" of the apartment and waited while a search warrant was obtained. ...

This newly released transcript (PDF) provides what is likely the first-ever verbatim account of how stingrays are used in actual police operations. And it shows that stingrays are so accurate, they can pinpoint the very room in which a phone is located."

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+ - FSF publishes Email Self-Defense Guide and infographic->

Submitted by gnujoshua
gnujoshua (540710) writes "The FSF has published a (rather beautiful) infographic and guide to encrypting your email using GnuPG. In their blog post announcing the guide they write:

One year ago today, an NSA contractor named Edward Snowden went public with his history-changing revelations about the NSA's massive system of indiscriminate surveillance. Today the FSF is releasing Email Self-Defense, a guide to personal email encryption to help everyone, including beginners, make the NSA's job a little harder. We're releasing it as part of Reset the Net, a global day of action to push back against the surveillance-industrial complex.


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+ - Tesla Has To Sell 6 Million Electric Cars To Make History

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Many entrepreneurs have tried to start car companies in the U.S. over the past century, but the last person to do so successfully from the ground up was Walter P. Chrysler in 1924. To say this feat is monumental would clearly be an understatement. That isn't to say many haven't tried. Those who have include Preston Tucker, Henrik Fisker, Malcolm Bricklin, and even John Delorean. Now it's Elon Musk's time with Tesla. But what will it take for Musk and Tesla to be successful? The answer is the sale of at least six million electric cars. That's what it'll take to make history. Henry J. Kaiser's car company Kaiser-Frazer (later Kaiser Motors) produced a staggering 750,000 vehicles in its nine year run. Times have changed, back in 1955 when Kaiser closed up shop, only 11 million vehicles were sold globally, where as last year 83 million vehicles were sold globally. To equal the scale of Kaiser's achievement Tesla will have to sell at least 6 million vehicles. While not impossible, it gives an idea of the challenge facing any automotive entrepreneur."

+ - EU Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publisher Consent->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "An advisor to the EU's top court says that European libraries can create digital copies of books without having to acquire an agreement with the books' publishers — but there are a number of restrictions to this right. The digital copies can only be used on terminals in the libraries themselves, and must be actually created by the libraries, not merely downloaded from an already available eBook."
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+ - Kansas City Science Store Resurrects AC Gilbert Chemistry Set, the best-ever toy->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The A. C. Gilbert Company (Wikipedia: was once one of the largest toy companies in the world. It manufacturered Erector Sets (, American Flyer toy trains (, and chemistry sets (

Chemist John Farrell Kuhns ( received an AC Gilbert Chemistry set for Christmas 1959, while he was still in grade school. By the time Kuhns was twelve years old he had a home lab set up in my family's basement. Now, more than 50 years later, he still has a home lab.

As an adult, Mr. Kuhns wanted to share these experiences with his daughter, nephews and nieces, and their friends. But he soon discovered that real chemistry sets were no longer available. He wondered how, without real chemistry sets and opportunities for students to learn and explore, where would our future chemists come from?

In 2004, Kuhns and his wife opened their science store, H.M.S. Beagle ( and last year used Kickstarter to launch a new Heirloom Chemistry set. ( Kuhns uses a CNC router to cut out his wood cases, which are then hand assembled and finished with the shiny brass hardware and exotic wood inlays. Kuhns also synthesizes, purifies and/or formulates and packages all of the chemicals.

Gary Hanington, professor of physical science at Great Basin College, was another child who was lucky enough to own a Gilbert chemistry set. Hanington wrote about his set in this article (

Sadly, not everyone sees the educational value of real chemistry sets. The AC Gilbert chemistry sets are #3 on Cracked's "The 8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Toys" ( and #8 on's "The 25 Worst Must-Have Christmas Toys Ever ("

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+ - Titanfall's "Expedition" DLC and Companion App Released

Submitted by TheG0at
TheG0at (3585267) writes "On May 15th Respawn Entertainment released Titanfall's first DLC, titled "Expedition", which consists of three new maps. For $10, it's cheaper than Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC, but doesn't include as much content. There's some debate as to whether or not Respawn needs to step it up in the next DLC to compete with Call of Duty.

As you can see from our review, the new maps are quite varied and make improvements on the vertical layouts and multiple entrance/exit themes of the standard Titanfall maps.

Also released was a Companion App for iOS and Android that allows you to use your phone or tablet as a minimap in games, browse lore, and see your stats. Editing of load outs for your Titan and Pilot are suspiciously absent. We also reviewed the App so you can see it in action without downloading the 632 meg file and possibly blowing out your download cap."

Comment: Re:Can someone explain to me why a space (Score 1) 333

by kodiaktau (#46943033) Attached to: NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project
Gravitational pull and air friction. The opposite of escape velocity occurs and the Earth's pull and friction causes the craft to come in at speed. A re-entry rocket could be used to help slow decent, but that would require carrying extra fuel on take-off. So it is better to just deal with the heat and dissipate or deflect the heat. Really it is quite unavoidable.

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