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+ - The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic that in the past year, after the killings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, many police departments and police reformists have agreed on the necessity of police-worn body cameras. But the most powerful cameras aren’t those on officer’s bodies but those wielded by bystanders. We don’t yet know who shot videos of officer officer, Michael T. Slager, shooting Walter Scott eight times as he runs away but "unknown cameramen and women lived out high democratic ideals: They watched a cop kill someone, shoot recklessly at someone running away, and they kept the camera trained on the cop," writes Robinson. "They were there, on an ordinary, hazy Saturday morning, and they chose to be courageous. They bore witness, at unknown risk to themselves."

“We have been talking about police brutality for years. And now, because of videos, we are seeing just how systemic and widespread it is,” tweeted Deray McKesson, an activist in Ferguson, after the videos emerged Tuesday night. “The videos over the past seven months have empowered us to ask deeper questions, to push more forcefully in confronting the system.” The process of ascertaining the truth of the world has to start somewhere. A video is one more assertion made about what is real concludes Robinson. "Today, through some unknown hero’s stubborn internal choice to witness instead of flee, to press record and to watch something terrible unfold, we have one more such assertion of reality.""

+ - NSA's Former General Council Talks Privacy, Security, And Snowden's 'Betrayal'

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "In his first interview since retiring as general council to the NSA, Rajesh De offers detailed insights into the spy agency's efforts to find balance between security and privacy, why the NSA often has trouble defending itself in public, the culture of "No Such Agency," and what it was like on the inside when the Snowden bombshell went off."

+ - WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning joins Twitter from prison->

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson (3799011) writes "Despite being incarcerated for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning has joined Twitter. The solider formerly known as Bradley Manning has been approved to receive gender-reassignment hormone therapy, but is not permitted access to the internet.

To get around this restriction, supporters of Manning have set up the @xychelsea account on her behalf. Tweeting is due to start today, and Manning will dictate messages over the phone so "her own candid thoughts and comments" can be shared with Twitter users."

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+ - Rise of copycats: Goophone launches Samsung Galaxy S6 clone at $169

Submitted by Manish Kumar Singh
Manish Kumar Singh (3634963) writes "In the past couple of years, we've seen an increasing number of Chinese smartphone manufacturers launch knock off of major flagship phones. The latest example is Goophone S6 — the $169 knock off of Galaxy S6. What set this manufacturer apart from other companies is the fact that Goophone assures worldwide shipment. Goophone has also made rip off of iPhones, and other mainstream smartphones."

+ - MP3 Backend of Firefox and Thunderbird Found Vulnerable->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A critical vulnerability has been found in the MPEG-1 Layer III playback backend of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. Security researcher Aki Helin reported a use-after-free scenario when playing certain audio files on the web using the Fluendo MP3 plugin for GStreamer on Linux. This is due to a flaw in handling certain MP3 files by the plugin and its interaction with Mozilla code. A maliciously crafted MP3 file can lead to a potentially exploitable crash. Linux is the only affected platform, so Windows and OS X users are safe from this particular vulnerability."
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+ - Verizon Subscribers Can Now Opt Out Of 'Supercookies'->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Verizon said in January that it would allow subscribers to opt out of having a unique identifier placed on their phones that critics have labelled a ‘supercookie’ because it’s almost impossible to remove, but it didn’t say when. On Tuesday, Verizon said the identifier won’t be inserted for customers who opt out of its mobile advertising program: 'Verizon Wireless has updated its systems so that we will stop inserting the UIDH after a customer opts out of the relevant mobile advertising program or activates a line that is ineligible for the advertising program,” such as as a government or business line,' Verizon said in a change to its policies Tuesday."
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+ - German Man Creates the World's First Working 3D Printed Solar Powered Engine

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "An engineer in Germany has 3D printed what is believed to be the first working solar powered engine. It runs entirely off of the sun's heat, and can be fabricated on virtually any desktop 3D printer. It is designed after the concept of the Stirling engine, and he says that it could be scaled up to actually function as a working engine for a vehicle."

+ - Meet the Carolina Butcher, a 9-Foot Crocodile That Walked on Two Legs

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Science News reports on the Carolina Butcher, a giant, bipedal reptile that looked a lot like living crocodiles — except it walked on two legs, not four. Carnufex carolinensis is one of the oldest and largest crocodile ancestors identified to date. Its size and stature also suggest that for a time, the Carolina Butcher (named for its menacing features), was one of the top predators in the part of the supercontinent Pangaea that became North America. Past fossil finds show that cousins of ancient crocodiles were vying with the earliest bipedal dinosaurs, called theropods, for the title of top predator in the southern regions of Pangaea but the Carolina Butcher's reign probably ended 201 million years ago when a mass extinction event wiped out most large, land-based predators, clearing the way for dinosaurs to fully dominate during the Jurassic period. Carnufex is one of the most primitive members of the broad category of reptiles called crocodylomorphs, encompassing the various forms of crocs that have appeared on Earth. "As one of the earliest and oldest crocodylomorphs, Carnufex was a far cry from living crocodiles. It was an agile, terrestrial predator that hunted on land," says Lindsay Zanno. "Carnufex predates the group that living crocodiles belong to." Transported back to the Triassic Period, what would a person experience upon encountering this agile, roughly three metre-long, about 1.5 metre-tall beast with a long skull and blade-like teeth? "Abject terror," says Zanno."

+ - How Device Drivers Are Reverse Engineered->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Linux Voice magazine has published a long article about how people go about reverse engineering drivers for hardware peripherals. They use Python and a USB radio-controlled car to demonstrate, walking us through the entire process. It's a cool, easy-to-follow insight into what often seems like a very opaque process."
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+ - VP application turned down for "lack of activities in social networks" - Sane?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Well, two weeks ago I applied for a VP Technology position in a German ~800 employees games company. They asked for some extra time to evaluate my CV (16yrs in dot-com-o-rama, been there done that, yada yada..).
Today I got the short response from the head-hunter: "While my skills are unquestionable meeting all requirements and the experience is impressive, the customer wishes more 'actions' on Facebook and more activity in social networks in general". Doh?!
This somewhat leaves me standing there open-mouthed. It's not like I'm not having a FB account (and one for my blog), LinkedIn and Twitter and then some. Yes, I'm quite skeptical about giving away too much private or corporate-internal information and do state so e.g. on my blog.... but this should be a plus, at least at VP level.
Am I totally off the track, thinking that skills & experience should be more important than fooling around on FB (no matter if applying for VP or internship)?"

+ - John Podesta, Obama and Clinton adviser, believes the truth is out there on UFOs->

Submitted by MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "A lot of people are enthusiastic about the idea that aliens are clandestinely visiting Earth in UFOs and that the government is covering up this fact. Only one such person has been chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, and now an adviser to the nascent Hillary Clinton for president campaign. According to a story in Yahoo News, John Podesta has expressed regret that he has not been able to reveal the truth, which is out there, about UFOs."
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Comment: Re:Driving ban (Score 1) 154

by omems (#48914021) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015
At least in Manhattan, where the snow is rather unimpressive, it was really nice last night. Cold, sure, but essentially empty streets, other than a bunch of pedestrians. Since most businesses had already called off operations for Tuesday, it was like an adult snow-day.
I can't wait for the transfer booths to get installed, and we can permanently ban cars.

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