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Submission + - Anonymous defaces an ISIS web-site with a Viagra ad (

mi writes: Anonymous hackers have taken over an Islamic State-supporting website and replaced it with an advert for Viagra: " Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave. "

The message — from a hacking group calling itself Ghost Sec — also said: " Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff ".

Is this the strongest reaction to the massacre, that the Western World can muster?

Submission + - Move over, Mr. Musk, Jeff Bezos has a rocket too (

mi writes: Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge, unexpected gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below) consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule to a suborbital height of around 100.5 kilometers (62 miles). The capsule then separated and touched down beneath a parachute, but more importantly, the BE-3 rocket also started its own descent. After the rockets fired at nearly 5,000 feet, it made a a controlled vertical landing at a gentle 4.4 mph.

Submission + - Highschooler suspended over an "insensitive" tweet ( 1

mi writes: When a teacher complained about low voter-turnout in a Massachusetts town, one of the students suggested, it may be because too many of the residents aren't legally allowed to vote: "When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn't legal". The school punished the student because "the district believes in freedom of speech, but cannot support insensitive language".

Submission + - University cancels yoga-sessions over "cultural appropriation" (

mi writes: Belly dancing (by Whites) was prohibited last year, now it is yoga's turn. A yoga-instructor, who was offering free yoga-classes to the students of the University of Ottawa since 2008, received a cancellation e-mail this year. The message said (emphasis mine):

"Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced”, and which cultures those practices “are being taken from”.

What do /.-ers, who generally reject the notion, that something as intangible as a song or design can be "taken" to begin with, think of the "appropriation" of a practice? Are martial arts next on the list?

Submission + - Hillary Clinton campaign bullies comedians mocking her (

mi writes: A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal contact information of the performers that appear in the recording. This is no laughing matter for club owner Jamie Masada, a comedy guru who opened Laugh Factory more than three decades ago and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous comics. “They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”

Submission + - Philippine police used Katy Perry, other pop-stars' music to disperse protesters (

mi writes: Hundreds of left-wing protesters rallied outside a venue where US President Barack Obama and other leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group were meeting. As the rally edged towards violence, police deployed water-cannon and turned Katy Perry on giant laudspeakers. Dolly Parton, David Guetta, and the Bee Gee are among the other artists, whose music was used to to distract protesters and drown-out their chants.

This is not the first application of the non-lethal method has been used against an enemy, who can not, for some reason be shot. In 2013, for example, Britney Spears' music was successfully used against Somali pirates.

I wonder, what the legal implications are — does it count as public playing, are the artists compensated for such use of their songs?

Submission + - Publishers learn to defeat ad-blockers (

mi writes: We've seen some sites, upon detecting use of an adblocker, ask for it to be disabled. Now — a German publisher — is outright blocking you from their site until you either disable the blocker or pay them for accessing the content. Says the company's CEO:

"I'm optimistic that adblockers will not develop into a game-changer for the industry."

The company reported a jump in advertising revenue after implementing the functionality.

Submission + - Secret Service allowed to use warrantless wiretaps (

mi writes: A mere belief in there being a threat against the President or any other protected person is now sufficient for the US Secret Service to use cell-site simulators (commonly known as "stingrays").

In certain "exceptional circumstances" the wire-tapping can be used without a judge-signed warrant and even without a probable cause.

Asked whether that essentially granted a blanket exception for the Secret Service, Stodder said that the exemption would not be used in routine criminal probes, such as a counterfeiting investigation. I suppose, the personal verbal assurance of an executive-branch government employee should put all fears of the citizenry to rest.

Submission + - Editor of "Reason" talks about Federal subpoena (

mi writes: Is there anything more likely to make you shit your pants out of a mix of fear and anger than getting a federal subpoena out of the blue?

Well, yes, there is: getting a gag order that prohibits you from speaking publicly about that subpoena and even the gag order itself. Talk about feeling isolated and cast adrift in the home of the free. You can’t even respond honestly when someone asks, “Are you under a court order not to speak?”

Submission + - Doctors punished for mocking sedated patient (

mi writes: Unbeknown to the doctors performing a colonoscopy, the patient's phone recorded their entire conversation — complete with mocking and insulting the patient, plans to lie to him after he wakes up, and instructions to the assistant to report haemorrhoids, which the man did not have. The jury awarded victim $500K, which was, reportedly, a compromise between one juror thinking, he deserves nothing at all, and another thinking, the reward should be much higher. The consensus was, the doctors had to be fined "so it does not happen again".

Submission + - KFC suing Chinese marketeers over false rumors (

mi writes: KFC — China's largest restaurant operator — filed a lawsuit in Shanghai Xuhui District People's Court against three companies in China, whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens are "genetically modified" to have six wings and eight legs. KFC is demanding 1.5 million yuan ($242,000) and an apology from each of three companies that operated accounts on the popular mobile phone app WeChat. It is also seeking an immediate stop to their infringements.

In the past Internet marketers have been convicted of trying to manipulate online sentiment on behalf of clients by posting false information about competitors or deleting critical posts.

Submission + - Obama asks Congress to renew "Patriot Act" (

mi writes: President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire four days from now, including the government's ability to search Americans' phone records: "This needs to get done," he told reporters in the Oval Office. "It's necessary to keep the American people safe and secure."

The call came despite it being revealed recently, that the FBI are unable to name a single terror-case, where the eavesdropping provisions were of much help.

Submission + - FBI can not name a single big case helped by Patriot Act's snooping provisions ( 3

mi writes: “The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” the inspector general concluded — though he said agents did view the material they gathered as “valuable” in developing other leads or corroborating information.

Submission + - Verizon was trusting X-Forwarded-For allowing full control of accounts (

mi writes: Verizon was identifying their Internet Service customers by IP-address, allowing people connecting from their homes full control of their accounts. However, as it turns out, they were trusting the arriving X-Forward-For headers, which are trivial to inject even with browser add-ons. To get full control of somebody else's Verizon account, all you needed — until very recently — was to have such a plugin and know the target's current IP-address.

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